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BOX, NELSON A.

Box's Fort Historical Marker
Box's Fort Historical Marker. Courtesy of Rhoda Garrett Schmidt and Find a Grave. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Nelson A. Box Grave Marker
Nelson A. Box Grave Marker. Courtesy of Annita Powell and Find A Grave. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

BOX, NELSON A. (1808–ca. 1848). 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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

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).

Edna Box Riley, rev. by Brett J. Derbes

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Handbook of Texas Online, Edna Box Riley, rev. by Brett J. Derbes, "Box, Nelson A.," accessed June 28, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbo55.

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