Box, Thomas Griffin (1817–1859)

By: Edna Box Riley

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Thomas Griffin Box, early settler and soldier, son of Stephen F. and Keziah Box, was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, on January 12, 1817. He was married three times, first to Rachel Wilkerson, then to Amanda Georgia Alexander, and then to Sarah Crowson Massingale. He became a Methodist minister and moved to Texas in 1835. He enlisted in the Texas army as a member of Capt. Hayden S. Arnold's First Company of the Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and fought at the battle of San Jacinto. In 1837 he and his father and brothers petitioned Congress to establish Houston County, the first county formed by the republic. He died on February 18, 1859.

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, “Box, Thomas Griffin,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994