There has been some confusion over the parents of Keziah Box who married Simeon Bright. Keziah and Simeon were married in Hardeman Co. TN in 1828, moved to Tippah County MS before 1838 and then on to Choctaw Co. MS and are buried in McCurtains Creek Baptist Cemetery. The land deeds of Tippah County establish she was the daughter of Robert and Patsy Box. The 1850 and 1860 Census records of Tippah County list their children: Robert, Caleb, Nehemiah, William, Susan, Tandy, Simeon Jr., Samuel, John, Martha, Abram, and Lafayette.
My interpretation of the Box land deeds on file in the courthouse of Tippah County, Miss.
Deed Book P, page 562:
On Dec. 13, 1856, the heirs of Robert Box sold to Mary Kennedy
SW1/4S 20 T2 R5E for $1001. The deed was signed by J. J. Medford, Susan Medford, John Bell, Rachel Bell, Kesiah Bright, Wm. M. Box, John W. Box, A. B. Box, Nancy Box and Martha Box. In a separate but attached document done by Peter Crum, Justice of the Peace, Patsy Box, widow, indicated she relinquished her claims to the property.
Deed Book P page 564:
On Dec. 13, 1856, the heirs of Robert Box sold to Abraham Box
SE1/4S 20 T2 R5E for $830. The deed was signed by J. J. Medford, Susan Medford, John Bell, Rachel Bell, Kesiah Bright, Wm. Box, John M. Box, Sanders Kennedy, Mary Kennedy and Martha Box. In a separate but attached document done by Peter Crum, Justice of the Peace, Patsy Box, widow, relinquished her claims to the property.
These two deeds are meeting the requirements of the State of Mississippi and indicate Robert Box died without a will. All living children and the widow would have to sign a deed in order for it to be valid. Spouses of the children would not be required to sign the deed but their signature would indicate they also gave up any possible claim to the property. With this in mind, the living heirs of Robert Box on December 13, 1856 were the following:
Patsy Box, his widow, signed what was essentially a quit claim deed attached to both deeds;
William M. Box, a son, and his wife, Martha Box, signed both deeds;
Kesiah Bright, a daughter, but not her husband, Simeon Bright, signed both deeds;
Mary Kennedy, a daughter, and her husband, Sanders Kennedy, signed the deed selling land to Abraham Box, her brother;
Rachel Bell, a daughter, and her husband, John Bell, signed both deeds;
Susan Medford, a daughter, and her husband, Johnathan Medford, signed both deeds;
John W. Box a son, signed both deeds; and
Abraham B. Box, a son, and his wife, Nancy Box signed the deed selling land to Mary Kennedy, his sister.
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