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Chepultepec was where there were Boxes…

but they do not seem to be but few of them there now.

Chepultepec, located less than forty-five miles northeast of Birmingham, was in Blount, County, Alabama. The name has long since been changed to Allgood and is less than five miles from Oneonta, Alabama.

This story article will give a little information on one of the sons of John Hatter M Box. This son, Milton Asbury Box, was born on 9 Mar 1841 and died 11 Feb 1918 in Chepultepec, Blount, Alabama.  His obituary reads:

Photo of Milton Asbury Box's grave marker

Co I 49 AL Inf, CSA Milton Asbury Box first entered the service as a private 22 Aug 1862 at Chepultepec, Alabama. Continued until 15 May 1865. Milton Box, one of Blount’s oldest citizens, died at his home near Allgood, Monday. Mr. Box was 76 years of age and was a member of the Methodist Church. He spent nearly all his life in the community where he died. The deceased is survived by one son L. W. Box. The funeral was held Monday and was conducted by Rev. W. L. Hendrix. [Southern Democrat, Thursday, February 14, 1918]   Burial: Shiloh Cemetery Chepultepec, Blount County, Alabama, USA

Milton did not marry until age 44. He married a Mary Margaret whose maiden name is not yet known. He was a widower at the time of his death.  He was a farmer by trade. His father, John Hatters Box was born in South Carolina and his mother Jennie Stovall Box was born in Virginia. The son mentioned in his obituary was Luther Worth Box.

Luther Worth Box

Luther Worth Box lived to be 89 years old. He was born 18 Sep 1886 and died  30 July 1976 in Oneonta, Blount County, Alabama. Luther W Box married Nancy C Vaughan 1886 – 1976, and they had the following children: Leonard Leroy Box 1915 – 1952, Clarence Milton Box 1919-1981 , Clyde E Box 1920 – 1997 and Gordon Luther Box 1922

Luther and Nancy Box’s youngest son, Gordon Luther Box, entered service in the Army during World War II at age 20 on 3 October 1942 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. By age twenty-two he was killed in action. His death occurred 18 Nov 1944. He had only completed grammar school at the time of enlistment. He was single without dependents. He was 5’6″ tall and weighed 115 pounds. He served in the European Effort and was ranked as Private First Class at the time of his death. His gravemarker at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Oneonta has an inscription: “Killed in Service”.

Luther and Nancy Box’s son Clyde Earcy Box, Sr. served as a S2 in the U S Navy during World War II.  He is also buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Son Clarence Milton Box died 17 December 1981 in Maylene, Jefferson County, Alabama. He, too, served in the Army during World War II having enlisted 12 Feb 1942. His release date was 20 September 1945.

Their son Leonard Leroy Box’s obituary was in the Birmingham News 29. 1952 on page 35.  He had lived in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Alabama. When he died he was but 38 years old.

6 responses

  1. James Riley Box enlisted in the Army in Oct 1944 and served as a TEC 5 US ARMY WORLD WAR II. He was listed as married and weighed 100 pounds.

    August 8, 2013 at 4:36 am

    • Randall Wayde Box

      Thank you very much. I have never known who my Grandfathers parents or siblings were. Luther Worth Box was my Grandfather, and my Father was Clarence Milton Box. I did see a small mistake though, my Father was born June 9, 1918 not 1919. I also would love to find out more info on my Grandmothers side. I don’t know anything about Nancy’s parents or siblings. I think when I was really young, I met maybe one of her sisters, not sure. Her name was Jenny Mae or May Vaughn. I think she lived on a dairy farm there in Blount county. I would love any more info, or where I could find anymore info on the family. Don’t know if its true but I was told that didn’t have much. Again thank you very much.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

      • David Vaughn

        Nancy Vaughn Box Was my Dads (Felton Mac Vaughn) aunt Jenny May was his Aunt as well. I guess they are my great Aunts

        August 5, 2018 at 3:06 am

    • Randall Box

      Never heard of James Riley Box.if he was related to my dad I would like the know. Thanks Randall Box, son of Clarence Milton Box.

      June 26, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      • James Riley Box was married to Lassie Hallmark. His family called him Riley or Pa Riley. You should know of him, I know a Randy Box is related to him.

        April 13, 2019 at 11:30 pm

  2. Mary Ann Armstrong

    Clyde Earcy Box Sr. is the Great-Grandfather of my two oldest children. I was fortunate to know Clyde for the last 9 years of his life. He truly was a man with a heart the size of Texas.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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