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

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Harrisburg

The Kemp Sketch

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BOX, STILWELL - Name omitted from the official San Jacinto rolls as printed in 1836. He was born in Tennessee. In Headright Certificate N0. 55 issued to him for one labor of land, January 20, 1838 by the Houston County Board it is stated that he came to Texas in November, 1834. In Service Record No. 6543, dated June 19, 1836, it is certified that he served in Captain Hayden Arnold’s Company from March 19 to June 19, 1836. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 1135 for 640 acres of land February 17, 1841 for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. Yet, in the Memorials and Petition, Archives, State Library, Austin, is found the following petition from Reverend Box:

“To the Hon Senate and House of Representatives, your Petitioner would most respectfully show that he was one of Capt. Hayden Arnold’s Company at the time of the battle of Sagisinto was fought, but was (against my will) detached to garde the baggage Waggons, on that day, and my Capt. Haden Arnold, having neglected to make a full return my clain to bounty land cannot be properly audited. I am therefore reduced to the necessity of asking you Hon Boddy such releif as you in your wisdom may desire propper and Right, and your Petitioner will ever pray etc.”

Rev. Box was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2159 for 320 acres of land January 29, 1838 for having served in the army from March 19 to June 19, 1836.

The Daily Houston Telegraph of April 22, 1870 quote the following from the

Crockett (Houston County) Journal

“We are pained to record the death of Rev. Stilwell Box, for over a quarter of a century a resident of this county, who died at his residence three miles from Crockett, Monday night last, after a severe illness of about two weeks. Mr. Box was a minister of the M. E. Church, a worthy citizen, and his death is much regretted. “

BOX, STILWELL - Received title to 4,428 acres in Colony________situated in the present counties of Houston.

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
  • Company: [Capt. Hayden S. Arnold] detached to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Stillwell
  • Date of Birth: 1810 Feb 5
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Winchester
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1834 Nov
  • Date of Death: 1870 Apr 11
  • Bounty Certificate: 2159
  • Donation Certificate: 1135
  • Profession: Minister
  • Wife: 1. Elizabeth Hallmark; 2. Euniby Hallmark; 3. Judy; 4. Mary E. Helms Baker
  • Children: Sally Eveline Box; Kesiza Caroline Box; Eliza Jane Box; Stephen Box; Samantha Ann Box; James Stillwell Box; Marion Crofford Box; Sarah Box; Rachael Box; Mary Angelina Box; Thomas Stillwell Box
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brothers James Edward, John Andrew, Nelson, and Thomas Griffin Box at San Jacinto