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Re: Pruning and Grafting the Box Family Tree: Robert Box (1785-1856)
Posted by: Joseph Fox (ID *****3715) Date: May 12, 2008 at 20:00:12
In Reply to: Pruning and Grafting the Box Family Tree by Joseph Fox of 2302

This account removes Robert Box of Tippah Co. MS from the family of Robert and Jane Goodwin Box and adds him to the family of Abraham and Catherine Lindley Box.

The Will of Susanna Mitchell Mattison, a sister of Patsy Mitchell Box, named her siblings, living and dead, and indicated her sister, Patsy Mitchell married a Box. It is the Will of John Box, father of Abraham Box, the 1800 census of Laurens Co. South Carolina and the various deeds of Lauren County that established the possibility that it was Robert Box, son of Abraham Box, that Patsy Mitchell married since they were neighbors and of the same age.

The 1810 census of Smithland, Livingston Co. Kentucky had a Robert Box with a female the age of Patsy Mitchell and two children in the age range of William M. Box and Mary Box Kennedy, the two children of Robert and Patsy Box that were born in South Carolina. Keziah Box, their daughter who was born in December in Kentucky, was not on the census as it was taken in September.

Asa and William Mitchell, Patsyís brother and father, were enumerated adjacent to Robert Box and his family. If they were still there in 1811 when the Madrid earthquake occurred, they suffered through some terrible times as the series of earthquakes re-occurred in that region for over a year. It is known that the two Mitchell men returned to Laurens Co. South Carolina. There were two Robert Boxes on the 1812 tax roll of Franklin County TN. The presence of Abraham Box, Robertís father, on the same roll suggests that one of the Robert Boxes could be his son.

The 1820 census of Perry County, TN enumerated a Robert Box household with a son and four daughters that corresponded in age to the family that we know Robert and Patsy to have at that time. Also enumerated at that time was an Elisha Stewart, a probable brother-in-law of Robert who is known to have raised his family in that area of Tennessee and there was a John Box who could be the brother John that is reported in some Box genealogical accounts. There was a Robert Box, a Lindley Box, who is known as a son of Abraham Box, and an E. Stewart, all of whom signed a governmental petition in Madison Co. TN in 1821.

In the 1830 census of Hardeman County TN, we find a Robert Box, with a household consistent in structure and age of his known family, enumerated as neighbors to his brother, Lindley Box, and his two sons-in-law, Simeon Bright and Saunders Kennedy. Also in Hardeman Co. TN was another Robert Box who has been confused with Robert Box, son of Abraham Box. This Robert Box, Age 40-50, without an older woman in his household was enumerated between a Goodwin Box and a John Box, both probable sons of Robert and Jane Goodwin Box. This Robert Box is the probable son of Robert and Jane Goodwin Box. This Robert Box later married a widow named Edney and they are both buried in Old Enon Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Hardeman Co. Tennessee.

In 1838, a Robert Box and a John Box, apparently his brother, are acquiring over 1800 acres of land, mostly in what will become Alcorn County. The two men buy adjacent parcels of land on the same day with sequential certificate numbers from the Bureau of Land Management. The 1840 census finds Robert Box enumerated in Tippah Co. Mississippi in the proximity of his son-in-law, Simeon Bright.

The 1850 census of Tippah County September 12, finally puts Robert Box and his wife Patsy into focus. Their ages were given as 63 and 64 and places of birth as South Carolina and Virginia, respectively. These are consistent with the ages and birth places of Robert Box, son of Abraham and Patsy Mitchell, daughter of William Mitchell.

Two deeds in the Tippah County, MS Deed Book P, pages 154-256 indicate Robert Box died before December 13, 1856 without leaving a will. The signatures on the two deeds establish Patsy Box as his widow; William M. Box, John M. Box, and Abraham B. Box as his sons, and Mary Kennedy, Keziah Bright, Rachel Bell and Susan Medford as his daughters and all of them were his living heirs.

Robert and Patsy Box were buried, upon their death, in a plot on their property that became known as the Box Cemetery. The birth and death dates of Robert Box are in question. Old records apparently from a Bible in the family of their son, John Mitchell Box, indicate they were both born in 1785. That is a year more than indicated in the 1850 census of Tippah County. Their gravestones in the Box Cemetery indicate Robert Box was born October 20 and Patsy Box was born April 18. We know Robert Box died before December 13, 1856 and Patsy Box died October 22, 1859. May they Rest In Peace.


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