Box Family Genealogy Forum
The land records of the Bureau of Land Management provide some insight into the settlement of Michael Box and his sons, William, Thomas, Grief Johnson, and John in Tippah County MS. On August 2 1838, Michael, William and John Box made application for Land Patents on Quarter Sections of land in Tippah County Mississippi. The Certificate Numbers were 961 for Michael Box and 962 for William Box and both were for land that had been previously assigned to Joseph Warren Mathews. The Quarter Section parcels were adjoining but Michael Box's parcel was located in Tippah County and William Box's parcel was located in the area of Tippah County that eventually became Benton Co. John Box was listed as being from Monroe Co. and his Certificate Number was 1167, and his Quarter Section was in Tippah County. An entry in Tippah County Deed Book C, page 22 indicated John Box's wife was named Margaret.
Michael Box obtained another Quarter Section on October 6, 1840 that was located in the area that became Benton Co. On November 16,1840, Lewis Garrett and Thomas Box obtained a Land Patent for Quarter Section that was located in the area that became Benton Co. and on 28 November 1843, Grief Johnson Box obtained a Land Patent for a Quarter Section that was located in the area that became Benton Co. So although Michael Box and his son's were enumerated in Tippah Co. in the 1840 census, it is probable they were more closely involved in the life of the town of Hickory Flat than that of Ripley.
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