Extract from "The Registers And Our Kin," by Lamar Wells, Gateway Press, INC., Baltimore, 1989.
"John Register, said to be a Revolutionary War soldier, was born about 1760, son of Bejamin Register, a proven Revolutionary soldier. John was married on Nov. 16, 1781 in Duplin co., NC, to Dorcas Rowell, born in 1763 in the same county and died 1810. He moved with his family to Bulloch co., GA. area, and after his wife died, he went to Laurens co., GA. area, and died there in 1835. To John and Dorcas were born:
1. Nancy Register, b. 1782, d. 1873, m. William Tomlinson, b. 1781, d. 1866.
2. Unity Regster, b. about 1783, m. Edward Mathis.
3. Sallie Register, b. Sept. 11, 1785, d. 11867, m. John Bennett who d. May 11, 1849.
4. Samuel Register, b. Dec. 1, 1786, d. Apr. 8, 1869, m. Elizabeth Skinner, b. Apr. 5, 1789, d. Aug. 20, 1871.
Note: Samuel and Elizabeth (Skinner) Register were the parents of William Register b. 1814, and were the 3rd Great Grandparents of Merle Anita (Young) Coleman of Clinch co., GA.
5. William Register, b. 1787, d. 1848, m. Ricy Johnson, b. about 1790, d. about 1840.
6. Mary Register, b. 1796, d. 1876, m. Samuel Griffis.
7. Abraham Register, b. Oct. 21, 1800, d. Nov. 1872, m1st. Mary Stewart, b. 1804, d. 1855, Feb. 3, 1825, m2nd. Sarah Ann Tyre, b. 1832, d. 1910, Dec. 23, 1858.
John Register evidently went to Laurens co., GA., area because he had cousins living there, the details of which have not yet been established. I think it is fairly obvious that John Register after his wife Dorcas died in 1810, first went to Sampson county, N.C. to visit his father Benjamin. It was the next year, 1811, that Benjamin wrote his will and made John co-executor of his will with John Bryan. How long he remained in North Carolina before he went to Laurens county, Georgia, I don't know.
Marriage Bond of John Register and Dorcas Rowell16 Nov 1781 State of N. Carolina, Duplin County:
Know all men by these presents that we John Register and Benja Register all of the county aforesaid held firmly-bound unto his excellancy the Gov. in the just and full sum of five hundred pounds current money to be paid to said governor or his successors in office to which payment will and truely be made we bind ourselves our Heirs, Executors and Admin" jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 16th day of Nov. 1781.The condition of the above obligation is such that wheras the said John Register above bound hath the day and date hereof made application to this office for licens of marriage between him and Dorcas Rowell of the said county singlewoman and hath obtained the same. Now if therefore it shall happen at any time hereafter that there is any lawful cause or just impediment to obstruct the said marriage then the above to be void or free to stand & remain in full force power and virtue.
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of John Register (Seal)
Benja Register (Seal)
Wm. Dukson C.C.