Box, Nelson A. (1808–ca. 1848)

By: Edna Box Riley

Revised by: Brett J. Derbes

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: July 28, 2020

Nelson A. Box, settler and soldier, was born on March 10, 1808, in Franklin County, Tennessee, a son of Stephen F. and Keziah Helms Box. The family moved from Tennessee to Blount County, Alabama, and finally settled about twelve miles east of Crockett, Texas, in November of 1834. The Box family constructed a crude fort ot of large stakes for protection, which become known as Box's Fort. On March 15, 1835, Nelson Box received one-fourth league in Vehlein's Colony. He married Elizabeth Hale, the daughter of George William Hale and Mary Billingsley. The couple had three daughters named Missouri, America, and Amanda. After coming to Texas, Box enlisted as a private in the revolutionary army. He served from March 6, to May 30, 1836, and fought at the battle of San Jacinto with Capt. Hayden Arnold's company of the 2nd Regiment Volunteers. The Box family, along with other families of Mustang Prairie, organized Houston County, the first county of the Republic of Texas. On April 22, 1837, they petitioned the Texas Congress to name the county after General Sam Houston. On March 29, 1838, the Box family received two-thirds of a league and one labor of land from the Board of Land Commissioners for Houston County. On December 10, 1842, he received 960 acres of land from his service in the army. Box died sometime before January 1, 1858, but his death certificate burned in a courthouse fire. Nelson A. Box was buried in Box-Beeson Cemetery, three miles south of Crockett.

Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Houston County Historical Commission, History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979 (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Heritage, 1979).

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 Revised by Brett J. Derbes, “Box, Nelson A.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 21, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

July 28, 2020