Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

John Andrew Box Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC138

Collection Summary

Creator: Box, John Andrew, 1803-1874
Title: John Andrew Box papers
Dates: 1944-1975
Abstract: This small collection, primarily Photostats and photocopies of documents from the 1830s, provides insight into the genealogy and land ownership of John Andrew Box and his family.
Identification: MC138
Quantity: 22 items
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

John Andrew Box was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, on July 1, 1803, son of Stephen F. and Keziah Box. He married a Miss Allbright and together they had four children. Box later married Lucinda Yarborough, and had nine children. In 1834, he moved to Texas where he received a league of land in Joseph Vehlein's colony, in present-day Houston County. He enlisted in the Texas Army in 1836 and served during the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1837 the Box family and others petitioned Congress to establish a constitutional county which eventually became Houston County, the first county formed by the Republic of Texas. In 1861, Box served as a delegate to the Texas Secession Convention. Box died on August 2, 1874.

Scope and Content Note

The John Andrew Box Papers contain legal documents, printed materials, creative works, a map, photographs and Photostats. The legal documents series contains a copy of a Photostat of an 1835 petition made by John Box to empresario Joseph Vehlein to be admitted as a Texas colonist. The document is written in Spanish, and a typed transcript and English translation of the document is included in the collection. A photocopy of an 1839 land certificate issued to John Box is also included.

Printed materials includes a 1961 reprint of "Texas Pioneers, the Box Families," in the Houston County Courier, a photocopy of page 587 of the Texas Scrap-Book and a photocopy of page 123 of an unknown book captioned "Officers and Men of the Texas Army at San Jacinto" containing the names of Joseph Campbell and John Andrew Box. Also included is a photocopy of the title page and page 15 of General Sam Houston's report to President David G. Burnet on the Battle of San Jacinto, which lists John Box, and a copy of an article by A. A. Aldrich, titled "John Andrew Box, a Veteran of San Jacinto." A copy of page 175 of Texans in the War, 1861-1865 listing the Delegates to the Secession Convention includes a J. Box.

The creative works series includes a mimeograph copy of "Texas Pioneers, the Box Families" compiled by Winnie Mae Box Kelley and Edna Box Riley, genealogical data pertaining to John Andrew Box, Stephen Wesley Box, and Stephen Berkley Box, and an index to the John Box Papers by Edna Box Riley. A single copy of an 1836 map shows the purchase of the headright of Francis Johnson in Houston County by John Box.

Photographs include a photographic copy of an 1863 portrait of John Andrew Box, a photocopy of a photograph of the historical marker for John Andrew Box, and copy negatives of photographs of Stephen F. Box father of John Andrew Box, Stephen Wesley Box son of John Andrew Box and Stephen Berkley Box son of Stephen Wesley Box. In the Photostat series is a 1944 copy of an 1835 map of Houston County, Texas, including the John Box headright. Also included in this series is an 1838 deed of land issued to John Box; the Photostat is of a partially printed signed document.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Box, John Andrew, 1803-1874
Box, John Andrew, 1803-1874--Photographs
Box, Stephen Berkley--Photographs
Box, Stephen F.--Photographs
Box, Stephen Wesley--Photographs
Kelley, Winnie Mae Box
Riley, Edna Box
Box family
Land tenure--Texas
Houston County (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], John Andrew Box Papers, MC138, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Edna Box Riley, April 1962 and March 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


"BOX, JOHN ANDREW." The Handbook of Texas Online.


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158.3 1 Legal, 1975

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158.3 2 Printed Materials, 1961-1975

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158.3 3 Creative Works, 1962-1975

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158.3 4 Maps, 1975

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158.3 5 Photographs, circa 1975, undated

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158.3 6 Photostats, 1944, 1975