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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Naval stores help early Register thrive
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Roger Allen

    Note: The following is the 25th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

    Register is a busy town located some 9 miles south of Statesboro. The town literally sprang up at the intersection of Old Register Road and Burkhalter Road, where was a large two-story building that served as a stagecoach transfer station. Here, the horses would be changed and the passengers fed.
    The major player in the establishment of Register was Franklin Pierce Register, a naval stores merchant who at one time had 65 men working the woods. In one year alone, his company produced 3,000 barrels of rosin and 600 barrels of spirits.
    The town of Register was built at the major junction of two new railroads. The first was the Brewton and Pineora Railroad, which was bought by the Central of Georgia Railroad and made part of its Dover and Dublin branch line. The second was the Perkins Tram Road (owned by the Perkins Lumber Company), which became the Register and Glennville Railroad and then the East Georgia Railway. In 1900, Register reported a population of 276.
    John Collins, J.W. Olliff, Benjamin Trapnell, the Daughtry brothers, A.T. Williams and W.M. Holloway all operated general or department stores in the town. At its height, Register had a cotton warehouse, cotton gins, public cotton seed and oil markets, as well as saw and grist mills.
    All that is known about the settlement of Requisite is that, according to the book written by Small, the postmaster there was Henry C. Carr, who also served as the postmaster of Gem.
    The train depot of River Road, as it was known, was a stop on the Midland Railway between Leeland and Guyton at the intersection of the Ogeechee River and Old River Road.   

    Roger Allen is a local lover of history. He provides a brief look at the area's historical past. Email Roger at

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