On March 25 1775, Jacob Brown leased about 10,000 acres on the Nolichucky River west of the Blue Ridge from the Cherokees and shortly after began to sell tracts to pioneers migrating from the British Colonies. A couple weeks later, the Minutemen of the Massachusetts Colony clashed with the British at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 to begin the American Revolutionary War. The thirteen British Colonies declared their independence on July 4,1776. We do not know when the Box family arrived in the Nolichucky River area that was west of the Blue Ridge and beyond Colonial rule. However, land records and some court records, dating from May 7, 1776 to September 17, 1779 show James Box, Robert Box, Edward Box, Henry Box, Joseph Box, and John Box were in the area during the Revolutionary war period. There are records which show Robert Box owning land adjacent to John Sevier and as a tax collector for Zacharias Isbell, both of whom were leaders of the pioneer settlement.
On June 12, 1783, Edward Box, Jos Box, Joseph Box, Henry Box and John Box were all paid sums (that included some interest) by the North Carolina Revolutionary War Accounts that indicate they all made contribution of some type to the war effort west of the Blue Ridge. It is possible they were participants in Col. John Sevierís forces in the Battle of Kings Mountain or the forces of Capt. George Doherty that Col. John Sevier commissioned to deal with the Cherokees during the same time frame. Michael Box, whose pay from the North Carolina Revolutionary War Accounts indicate his contribution to the war effort occurred near Hillsborough, NC, did not appear in the records west of the Blue Ridge until after the war.
Records in South Carolina suggest a Robert Box, an Edward Box , a Henry Box, a Joseph Box and a John Box were sons of Robert and Phillis Box. There are court records that indicate Robert Box, Edward Box and Henry Box of the Nolichucky River area also resided in South Carolina after the war..
Verna Stone and I express our appreciation to Jackie Peters and Juliet Wills whose research and ideas contributed to this summary.
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