Box, John Andrew (1803–1874)

By: Edna Box Riley

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

John Andrew Box, Methodist preacher and soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, on July 2, 1803, a son of Stephen F. and Keziah Box. He was married twice, first to a Miss Allbright, with whom he had four children, and then to Lucenda Yarbrough, with whom he had nine children. Box moved to Texas in 1834 and received a league of land in Joseph Vehlein's colony, in what is now Houston County. He enlisted in Capt. Hayden S. Arnold's First Company of Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, on March 5, 1836, and served at the battle of San Jacinto. He was discharged on May 30, 1836. Box was an early circuit rider for the Methodist Church but discontinued his preaching after San Jacinto. On April 22, 1837, he, his father and brothers, and 102 others from Mustang Prairie petitioned Congress to establish a constitutional county, and Houston County became the first county formed by the Republic of Texas. In 1861 Box served as a delegate to the Secession Convention. He died on August 2, 1874.

Armistead Albert Aldrich, The History of Houston County, Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1943). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). E. W. Winkler, ed., Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas (Austin, 1912).
  • Religion
  • Methodist
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Edna Box Riley, “Box, John Andrew,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994