William Autry BOX and his brother Claude BOX from Pittsburg, Oklahoma are the sons of Eliza and Patrick Joshua Box. Their mother Elizabeth BOX (also called Eliza) is my Great- Aunt and the sister to my Great - Grandmother Margaret Emiline Ryan. She was married to a Henry Johnson, from Muarry County Georgia the first time, (he was the son of Nathaniel Johnson) and not sure when he died then she remarried to Patrick Joshua BOX, also have info on Patrick's father from Alabama.
One census has some of Eliza's kids shown as Johnson, which is correct, and the next census list them all as Box - most likely a census taker error. My husband ran into the same thing on his family her in Alabama, the census taker had put the kids last name as Nations, instead of Skillman- guess the census taker was in a hurry and not thinking or asking?
According to history and family legend the father of Elizabeth-Eliza BOX was said to be full Blood Cherokee. Also the family lines that where intertwined with this family such as the Ryan's, Basham's , Hill's, Childers, and Smith's are of Cherokee Blood also. Not sure why they are shown in the Choctaw Nation in 1900 being Cherokee? Trying to study on this and maybe someone can help shed some light on this.
Elizabeth and Emiline's uncle on their grandmothers side, was on the Sallisaw District Census of the Cherokee Nation in 1860. Many of our family that remained in Alabama at on time went to Logan County Arkansas and later into Oklahoma, and then for some reason some of them returned back to Alabama.
We know some information on her family and that her father and other sisters and a brother that stayed out there with them in Oklahoma. But due to time and forgotten memories lost forever, we had lost touch with our family in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and up until recently discovered them again.
I have quite a lot of information on Elizabeth's - Eliza's father and the family that remained here in Alabama, and some info on Patrick Box. I am here to share and help and hopefully work with my BOX cousins to piece together this great Puzzle of lost history, benefiting us all.
PS. I have many old photos of Elizabeth's other sisters and cousins, but sadly no pictures of her parents or of Elizabeth -Eliza. I do have a nice picture of a handmade blanket that Elizabeth's sister Emeline made (my Great- Grandmother). She weaved the cloth and dyed the thread with berries and plants in Cherokee tradition and made it in a Native pattern. One of my older cousins who is nearing 100 still has the blanket. She brought it to a reunion two years ago and it was very beautiful. Oh how wonderful it will be to be able to connect with my lost cousins, and thanks again so much for all your help. Reba Skillman
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