Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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BOX, REV. THOMAS GRIFFIN -- Born in Franklin County, Tennessee, January 12, 1817. In the Headright Certificate issued to him January 19, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Houston County Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that he came to Texas in November, 1834. He was a brother of Nelson and John A. Box, who also participated in the battle of San Jacinto and a relative of Stilwell Box, who was detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

Mr. Box was a member of Captain Hayden Arnold's Company at San Jacinto and on December 10, 1840 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 1098 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On January 29, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 2160 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836.

After the revolution Mr. Box became a Methodist minister.

Mr. Box was married to Sarah P._________. Mr. Box died on his farm three miles south of Crockett, Houston County, February 18, 1859. Mrs. Sarah P. Box, his widow, died in 1862.

The State of Texas had a monument erected at the grave of Reverend Box in 1936.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Box were (1) Sarah, (2) Rachel, (3) Franklin, (4) Kiziah, (5) John P., (6) Felix N., (7) S. H., and (8) A. Y. Box.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Hayden S. Arnold

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1817 Jan 12
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Franklin County
  • Came to Texas: 1834 Nov
  • Date of Death: 1859 Feb 18
  • Bounty Certificate: 2160
  • Donation Certificate: 1098
  • Profession: Minister
  • Wife: 1. Rachel Wilkerson; 2. Amanda Georgia Alexander; 3. Sarah Crowson Massingale
  • Children: Sarah Box; Rachel Box; Franklin Box; Kiziah Box; John P. Box; Felix N. Box; S. H. Box; A. Y. Box
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brothers James Edward, John Andrew, Nelson Box at San Jacinto; brother Stilwell Box at Harrisburg