(submitted by Joseph Fox)
William M. "Billy" Box, the son of Robert and Patsy Mitchell Box, was listed as age 40, born in South Carolina in the 1850 Census of Tippah County, Mississippi. He and his wife, Martha E. McGraw Box, age 28, born in Tennessee, had 2 daughters, Merinda, age 7, and Rachel, age 1. They also had 2 sons, Abraham, age 5, and John, age 3. All their children were born in Mississippi.
His wife, Martha, died in 1859 and was buried in the Box Cemetery in Alcorn County, Mississippi on land that belonged to William's brother, Abraham B. Box. In the 1860 Census of Tippah County, Mississippi, William Box, age 52. born in Tennessee, was listed with 5 sons: Abe, John T., William M., Robert J., and Daniel M. along with 3 daughters, Rachel, Mary Ann and Susan M.
Family records indicate William's second wife was Eliza Johnson. No further record has been found of William Box nor his second wife and it is presumed he is buried with his first wife and parents in the Box Cemetery in Alcorn County, Mississippi in an unmarked grave.