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John Box, son of Abraham and Catherine Lindley.
Posted by: Joseph Fox (ID *****3715) Date: April 13, 2010 at 11:43:12
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Box, John, son of Abraham and Catherine Lindley. There is no definitive documentation that establishes this John Box as the son of Abraham, although there is a young male of his age in the household of Abraham Box in the 1800 census of Laurens District. The relationship is established by his association with Abraham Box and his other sons in the censuses of 1820 (Perry Co. TN), 1830 (Hickman Co. TN), 1840 (Tippah Co. MS), and 1850 (Tippah co. MS). John Box was born about 1796 (according to the 1850 census). In 1820, John Box was in Perry Co. as a neighbor to his brother, Robert Box. Across the county line in Hickman Co. Abraham Box and Nathaniel Simpson, John Box’s father-in-law are neighbors. In 1830, John and Martha Simpson Box and their four daughters are just two houses removed from Nathaniel Simpson. In 1831, John Box and his father, Abraham Box, received consecutively numbered land grants in Hickman Co. TN. John Box is on the tax rolls of Tippah County in 1837 and in its census in 1840 with five daughters and no sons. In 1842, John Box has purchased land adjacent to his brother, Robert Box, in the portion of Tippah County that will become Alcorn Co. In the 1850 census, John Box is shown as age 54 (born about 1796) and his wife, Martha, is 53 (born about 1797). Their children are listed as Catherine, age 26, born in TN; Elizabeth, age 15, born in TN; Amanda, age 10, born in MS; and John, age 4, born in MS. Two Tippah County deeds dated 1851 show that John and Martha Box gave land to the Methodist Episcopal Church and sold other tracts in December of that year. Some time after these land transactions and before the census of 1860 John and Martha Simpson Box moved back to the area close to where their parents lived. They were in the 1860 Census of Stewart Co. TN with the same four children as named in the 1850 census. Since neither John nor Martha Box were found in the 1870 census, it is presumed they were both deceased. Their daughter, Catherine, age 47, was living with her brother, John Box, age 23, in the 1870 Stewart Co. Census.

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