Burton-Washburn Genealogy

Stella Corinna COX

Female 1890 - 1984  (93 years)


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  • Name Stella Corinna COX 
    Born 13 Mar 1890  near Franklinville, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 Jan 1984  Elon College, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I213  Washburn & allied families
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2023 

    Father Lenneous Isaac COX,   b. 20 Nov 1868, Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1919, Elon College, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Mattie Hannah CRAVEN,   b. 5 Dec 1870, Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1941, Elon College, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1889  Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F27  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Erasmus Brown “Ras” HUFFINE,   b. 10 Mar 1887, Dyersburg, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1938, Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1917  Raleigh, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Louise HUFFINE,   b. 19 Aug 1935, Greensboro, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 2003, Burlington, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2023 
    Family ID F113  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • In January 2023, writing on Facebook, Walter “Buddy” Boyd told about when Stella was a young woman and had her wisdom taken out: “When she was 17, in 1907, she had to have her wisdom teeth out. Dr. J. H. Brooks, a dentist in Burlington, asked my great-grandfather if he wanted Grandmother to have anesthetic. Great-Grandfather L. I. Cox asked, "How much is that?" When Dr. Brooks said "Fifty cents," my great-grandfather declined. Grandmother said he strapped her arms to the dental chair, shoved a rubber plug into her mouth so that she couldn't bite him, then went to work.”

      According to Buddy, Stella left Elon in January 1910 to go to work for Marion Rich’s Insurance Company in Columbia, SC. Marion Rich was the brother of Donie Rich Patton of Elon. Stella worked there in Columbia until 1913 when she returned to Elon and by 1927 she was treasurer of Alamance Insurance & Real Estate Company of Burlington, NC.

      Cousin Buddy said that in1917 Stella and Erasmus “Ras” Huffine originally planned to get married in Elon College on November 21, but when Ras took sick in Raleigh prior to the wedding and was laid up there, Stella and the whole wedding party, with already engraved rings, headed to Raleigh on a train and they were married in his hotel room.

      The August 4, 1938 issue of The Christian Sun had an obit for Erasmus Brown Huffines on page 2 of that edition. That obit included this note: “...Mrs. Huffines is an excellent character, a good business woman, and like her husband, interested in the welfare of all good things. A lilttle while ago they adopted a little girl.” (Note: the little girl’s name was Mary Louise and I, Bruce Washburn, speculate and believe that quite probably her biological father was one of Stella’s brothers, and that Stella adopted Mary Louise on the condition that the child’s true paternity would never be revealed I believe this to be true because of Mary Louise’s son Walter Yates “Buddy” Boyd’s intense interest in the COX family genealogy and his extreme closeness to his Grandmother Stella; I further believe that Stella shared the truth of Mary Louise’s paternity with Buddy and that he did not share with anyone else, including his mother.)

      Stella and her daughter Mary Louise lived with Mattie Hannah (Craven) COX (Stella’s mom) after Ras died.

      In 1941, when Stella’s mother died and the items in her home were itemized, some items were listed as belonging to the mother and some items as belonging to the two daughters living with her at that time, namely Stella Cox Huffine and Mattie Cox Parker.

      Here are the items from the Mrs. L. I. (Mattie) Cox home listed as belonging to Stella:

      In the north room: 1 three-piece bedroom suite, 1 dresser bench and night table, 1 cedar chest, 1 armless rocker (hickory), 1 small straight chair.

      In the hall (upstairs): 1 wardrobe (secondhand)

      In the attic room (over kitchen): 1 armless hickory rocker, $1.25

      In the attic room (over breakfast room): 2 coatracks

      In living room: 1 whatnot for corner, 1 small endtable, 1 footstool

      In dining room: 1 red rug, 2 scatter rugs

      In breakfast room: 1 linoleum rug

      In hall (downstairs): 1 console table (repaired), 1 mirror

      In parlor: 1 occasional chair (secondhand), 1 medium size secretary

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      Stella’s obit from January 11, 1984 newspaper:
      “Mrs. Stella Huffine --Elon College--Mrs. Stella Cox Huffine, 93, of 110 Holt St. died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital of Alamance. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Elon Community Church, where she was a member. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. She was a native of Randolph County and a retired bookkeeper at Elon College. Surviving are daughter, Mrs. Walter Boyd of Elon College; brothers, Lenneous Cox of Griffin, Ga., Walter Cox of Elon College, William Cox of Bolivia, NC; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. The family will be at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington 7-9 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to the church.”