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BOX, NELSON A. (1808–ca. 1849). Nelson A. Box, settler and soldier, was born in 1808 in Franklin County, Tennessee, a son of Stephen F. and Keziah Box. He moved from Tennessee to Blount County, Alabama, and then to Texas in 1834. He and his wife, Elizabeth (Garner), had several children. After coming to Texas, Box enlisted in the revolutionary army and fought at the battle of San Jacinto in Capt. Hayden Arnold's company. In 1837 he and his father and brothers, along with other citizens of Mustang Prairie, organized Houston County, the first county of the republic. Box died about 1849 and 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).

Edna Box Riley


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

Edna Box Riley, "BOX, NELSON A.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.