Bob, There is considerable confusion in the Box family tree related to the Edward Boxes.The census of 1790 had 4 of them but one was a transcription error.The Edward Box Sr. of Pendleton Co. SC upon closer examination of the actual census was found by several Box researchers to be Robert Box Sr.
Edward Box of the 1790 Pendleton Co. census appears to have been the oldestEdward.I believe him to be the son of Robert and Phillis Box as he appears to have been born before 1750 in MD.He and his wife, Lydia, sold property on Raborns Creek adjacent to Robert Box, Junr.I think he was the Edward Box who later had 60 acres on Nolichucky River in Washington Co. NC and the Edward Box who was paid by NC for military service of some sort.There is an historical account of Pendleton Co. SC that relates Edward Box of Raborns Creek was captured by Indians for stealing horses. I think that story connectsto the Edward Box of Pendleton Co. with a wife, Nancy,and three daughters, one of whom was named Rebecca. This Edward Box apparently died in 1818.
Edward Box of the 1790 census of Laurens Co. SC was probably the son of Robert Box, Junr. and was the Edward Box who stayed in SC during the Revolutionary War.His pension record indicates he was born in 1754, that he later moved to TN and died at an old age (103).The court records of SC show he bought land from Averilla Box Matthews andsuggest he was a grandson of James and Hester Williams as he was the administrator of James Williams' estate.James Williams owned land on Bush River and this Edward Box was probably captured by Indians as a young boy. Oral history has him marrying an Indian who takes the name of Elizabeth Newton and by whom he has 10 children, most of whom are unknown.In his old age, he marries again: a Nancy.
Edward Box Jr. of the 1790 census of Laurens Co. is believed to be the son of Edward Box born in 1754.It appears he moved to TN with his father, and married Mary Tarwater, a Cherokee Indian.
The deed dated May 5, 1828, wherein Edward and Elizabeth Box sold 65 acres on Walnut Creek to Joseph Bolton suggests there was another Edward Box who was enumerated in the 1800 census of Laurens Co.
The above account of the Edward Boxes is very speculative but is based upon some documentation.My purpose is to broaden the research in the Box family to include all the Edward Boxes of 1750 to 1800 time frame.