Jul. 2, 1803 Winchester Franklin County Tennessee, USA
Aug. 2, 1874 Crockett Houston County Texas, USA
Inscription: A Veteran of San Jacinto - Born in Tennessee
John Andrew Box was born in Franklin County, Winchester, Tennessee on Saturday, 2 July 1803. A son of Stephen and Keziah Helms Box. He was reared in Blount County, Oneonta, Alabama.
In 1834 he petitioned Impresario Jose Vehlein "to admit me as a Colonist in the State of Coahuila and Texas." Granted to him 30 July 1835, one League on Walnut Bayou. There was a fork called Cochino Bayou where the Box Family Wagon train consisting of fifty people built the first Box Fort. The Cochino area became Kennard, Texas.
The next year on 19 January 1836, John Box purchased from Frances Johnson Headright three miles south of Crockett, Texas. A few months later, the call from the army to free Texas from Mexico. All Box brothers volunteered. John Box enlisted March 5, 1836 and was a member of the 2nd Regiment, Texas Volunteers, First Company, Infantry, and fought in the Battle of San Jacinto under Captain Hayden Arnold and Colonel Sidney Sherman.
On April 22, 1837, he and his father and brothers plus 102 others from Mustang Prairie petitioned the Texas Congress to create a constitutional county, and thus Houston County became the first county created by the Republic of Texas.
John Andrew Box had been an "Exhort" in the Methodist Church in Alabama and a Circuit Rider from Kennard area to Crockett, but he discontinued this after he helped establish the Methodist Conference in Texas.
He and Lucinda had a large family of ten children to add with his four by Polly Bynum Box. During talk of Civil War, John Box was a representative from Houston County - a "Delegate to the Secession Convention (January 28- February 4, 1861)". One son "Wes" Box was a Civil War casualty, but both sons returned home to Crockett, Texas.
He was a man of many talents. He studied Law and represented others as their lawyer, and estate administrator, one estate was of Col. William B. Stokes. He was recognized also as a man of business ability.
He was a member of the Veterans Association. He outlived two brothers, Thomas Griffin Box and Nelson Box who fought with him at the Battle of San Jacinto. He had them buried together for posterity. One hundred years later in 1936, the Texas Centennial Commission Control provided three handsome markers beside the old markers of the three Box brothers graves in the Box-Beeson Cemetery three miles south of Crockett, Texas. These three Box names are inscribed in Bronze on the lofty San Jacinto Monument, in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
John Andrew Box died in his home, Crockett, Texas on August 2, 1874, age 71. He is buried in Box-Beeson Cemetery, Lone Pine, Texas. Nativity Tennessee, emigrated from Alabama to Texas in November 1834.
Taken from "The History of Houston County, Texas," Armistead Albert Aldrich, 1943, Bio. #87 written by Edna Box Riley.
........"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. ............" ......"In 1861 Box served as a delegate to the Secession Convention. ...."
Taken from "The Handbook of Texas," written by Edna Box Riley from BIBLIOGRAPHY: 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).