Short Histories of 7 Henry Boxes
These short histories were made possible by the research of many Box genealogists and are my attempt to connect their documentation in a narrative that clarifies this part of the Box family. Please keep in mind discovery of additional documentation may require changes in these narratives.
Henry Box, born about 1738, was the son of Robert Box, born about 1707, and his wife, Phillis. This Henry was probably the father of Henry Box, born about 1765, Joseph “Seth” Box and possibly, Jacob Box. Henry was first noted in the deed books of Laurens Co. SC in a deed dated Aug. 8, 1772 wherein Henry Box and John Hellams witnessed a sale of 150 acres on Raburns Creek by John Williams to John Owins. Later, Henry Box and John Hellams are both noted to be in Washington Co. NC (later known as Greene Co., TN). By 1778, Henry Box was noted as having a cabin on the Nolichucky River; he was paid for military service by the State of North Carolina in 1783 and was on the 1783 Tax list of Greene Co., NC along with Isac Box, Israel Box, Joseph Box and Robert Box. He was probably the Henry Box in the 1790 census of Burke Co., NC and was the oldest Henry Box (born before 1755) in the 1800 census of Laurens Co., SC. Henry’s relationship with the Lauren Co., SC Box family is indicated in a series of court records. On October 18, 1786, Henry Box traded David Alexander land on Reedy River in Laurens Co., SC for 200 acres on Horse Creek, a tributary of Nolichucky River in Washington Co., NC (Greene Co., TN). On March 16, 1786 in Laurens Co. SC, Phillis Box and Joseph Box filed trespass charges against David Alexander. However, neither Phillis Box nor Joseph Box appeared in court to press those charges and the court ruled for David Alexander and charged Phillis Box and Joseph Box for court costs. On April 20, 1791, Abraham Box made a deposition wherein he stated that “6 years ago” ( about 1785) he heard his Uncle Henry Box tell his father, John Box, that he gave him all rights and title of a certain tract of land lying and being on Reedy River, which tract of land then being occupied by David Alexander who at that time lived on said land. It is believed this tract of land was Henry Box’s inheritance from his father, Robert Box, b. abt 1707.
Henry Box, born about 1765, was the son of Henry Box, born about 1738, of Washington Co. NC. This Henry was known as Henry Box, Sr. who settled in St. Clair Co. AL about 1818 and is said to have had three sons, James F. Box, born about 1787 in SC, Allen(Pinson) Box, born about 1794 in SC and Henry Box, Jr., born in 1796 in SC, and one daughter, Levina Box, born about 1791. His illegitimate son, James, was evidently half Cherokee and was given status as a legitimate son by the Alabama Legislature on November 22, 1827 as a result of a petition by Henry Box. Henry and Jacob Box were neighbors in the 1830 census of St. Clair Co. AL and the age difference suggests a father/son relationship although other genealogist believed they were brothers. Henry is said to have had a wife, Cassandra. There was an estate sale for Henry Box in 1835 in St. Clair Co. AL. Among the items sold was a black hog, 9 small hogs, 2 sows and 26 pigs; 17 head of sheep; 2 bulls, 3 cows, and a calf; 4 bee gums; about 150 bushels of corn; a couple stacks of fodder; a couple of plows (but no mule or horse); and assortment of tools like axes, saws, hoes, a mattock, scythe, knife, frow, and auger; and 3 beds and furniture, pots; pan, table and a small trunk; having a total value of $382.79. Among the purchasers of items at the sale was Jacob Box, possible son or brother; James Box, son of Henry; Margaret Box, daughter of James Box; J. Box, thought to be John Box son of James; Allen Box, son of Henry; H. F. Box, probably Henry W. Box, a son of Allen Box; and M. Box, possibly Margaret Box, wife of Seth, who bought most of the furniture. Henry Box, Sr. and wife, Cassandra, were buried at Box Cemetery in Ragland, St. Clair County, AL.
Henry Box, Jr., born 1795 in SC, was the son of Henry Box, Sr. and his wife, Cassandra. On August 17, 1813, Henry Box, age 18 and born in Lawrence (Laurens), SC was enrolled by Capt. McClellan for a period of 5 years as a private in the 7th US Infantry in Franklin, PA. His enlistment papers described him as 5'6'’, blue eyed, light haired and fair complexion, laborer. On June 8, 1819, a Military Land Warrant was issued to Henry Box, a private in the company commanded by Captain John Jones of the 1st Regt US Infantry for 160 acres. On June 15, 1819, he was issued a land patent for 160 acres in Section 21 of T 55 N, R 16 W in Missouri. He married Nancy Dunn August 6, 1839 in St. Clair Co. AL and had at least 9 children: Mary A., Wiseman, Allen, Margaret, Rosalinda A., Martha A., Henry, Nancy C., and Daniel J. He and his wife Nancy were listed as Henry Box, Sr. (age 64, born in SC) in the 1860 census of St. Clair Co. AL adjacent to his son, Henry Box, Jr.(age 21, born in AL) and his wife, Nancy. The will of Henry Box, Jr. was filed in 1863 in Ashville Court House St. Clair Co. Alabama. It appears he and his wife, Nancy, were buried in unmarked graves in Box Cemetery, Ragland, St. Clair County, AL.
Henry Box (b. 1839 in AL) was the son of Henry Box (born 1795 in SC) and married Nancy Jane Davis February 2, 1860 in St. Clair Co. AL. He was listed in the 1860 census of St. Clair Co. AL as Henry Box, Jr. adjacent to his father, Henry Box, Sr.
Henry W. Box, b. Sept. 14, 1821 in TN, d. Dec. 25, 1906, was the son of Allen (Pinson) and Mary Box Box and the grandson of Henry Box, Sr., born about 1765. He served as Administrator of the estate of his uncle, James Box, according to the military land warrant issued April 8, 1868 for 160 acres in Minnesota in the name of James Box for service as private in Capt McLemore’s Company, Cherokee Volunteers in the War of 1812. Henry W. and Telitha Holeman Box had at least six children; Richard R., Hamilton R., Mary M., Leony W., Franklin T., Fletcher, and Telitha as listed in the 1850 census of St. Clair Co. AL. He was listed in the 1900 census of St. Clair Co. AL with his 2nd wife, Susan. He was buried as H. W. Box (b. Sep. 14, 1820 d. Dec. 25, 1906) along with his two wives, Telitha (b. 1820 d. Nov. 3, 1889) and Susan (b. Feb. 21, 1833 d. Oct. 1, 1915) in Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery at Caldwell, St. Clair Co. AL. Henry W. Box is commonly referred to as Henry Walton Box, but the primary documentation for the middle name Walton is currently unknown.
Henry F. Box probably appears as a purchaser in the 1835 estate sale of Henry Box (b. about 1765) as H. F. Box and in the land records of the Bureau of Land Management as purchaser of land in St. Clair Co. AL in 1839 seemingly associated with Allen Box in that land patents were issued the same day and for land in the same section. Henry F. Box seems to be an early name used by Henry W. Box, the oldest son of Allen Box.
Henry Box, born probably before 1800 in SC, of unknown parentage, married Elizabeth Ratliff who was listed with her 8 children beside her brother, John Ratliff in the 1830 census of Blount Co. The family was listed in the Bible of her sister, Susan Ratliff Callahan as Henry Box b. unk, Elizabeth Ratliff Box b. 16 Aug 1798, married 20 Feb 1818. Children: Sarah Box 16 Apr 1818, Steven Box b. 8 Sept 1819 in AL, Joshua Box 1 Nov 1821, Eliza Box b. 18 Nov 1823, Patrich Box 28 Nov 1824, Elizabeth Box 29 Jan 1827, Nancy Box 27 Apr 1819, L. Box 13 Feb 1830. The 1880 census of Cullman Co. AL indicates both of Stephen Box’s parents were born in South Carolina.
Henry Box, born about 1794 in SC, was in 1850 Census of Newton Co. Arkansas with his wife, Charlotte, born about 1806 in SC, with 7 children: Orlenia and Mary A., both born in TN and Elizabeth, William R., Charles W., Mary J. and Nancy E., all born in AR. Henry and Charlotte Box were listed again in Newton Co. AR in the 1860 census in which Nancy E. may have been listed as Emily T. This may have been the Henry Box in the 1830 census of Perry Co. TN.
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