Born: January 24, 1872, Blount County, Alabama.
Died: July 10, 1933, Fort Worth, Texas.
Buried: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Texas.
Rufus was the son of Joel Mosley Cornelius and Martha Jemima Murphree, and husband of Macon Burleson (married 1895, Ellis County, Texas).
He worked in the music publishing business, and at one time, was an officer of the Eastern Ellis County Auxiliary Singing Convention.