A G REGISTER – Man of God, Man of Gold
Archibald Glasscock Register, the son of Francis and Jemima Glasscock Register was born in Greene County Tennessee near Lick Creek on 24 February 1822. Raised in an era of comparative innocence and unspoiled nature in east Tennessee, even from an early age he was raised in a home whose focus was not just daily existence but with a foundation in their religion.
Gone To California
As a young man, word came to him of the gold rush in California that began in 1848. In 1852 Archibald, along with some other men in his community, made their way to the gold fields near Georgetown, California to make their fortune or die trying. The original plan, to leave from Charleston, South Carolina fell through for some reason and instead Archie and his party left from New Orleans and traveled to Independence, Missouri to go the overland route to Sacramento.
Archibald worked in the mines of Georgetown for several years. He may not have made a fortune, but in one of his letters home he did mention that he had sent some gold home to his family. He spent five years in California. By 24 June 1857 he was again home in the company of his family enjoying the comforts there that he had not known while he kept house in a dusty cabin during his mining days.
These Died in California and Oregon
You never know what other documentation might be in a book like this. I noted that some names were mentioned in A G Register’s cited letters in the book as those who had passed away during his time in California.
The father of Archibald Hartman, who is listed in the book as just “Hartman” died in Georgetown and is buried there. [I have since found that the Hartman mentioned was William Hartman, husband of Register’s sister Lucinda]. Hartman is buried in that town although I have not been able to find his grave in any formal cemetery as yet. Register mentions another man named McAll who died somewhere in Oregon and didn’t receive a formal burial. The third name mentioned was Robertson, and I’m still in the process of determining how this Robertson man is connected to Register.
All of the information about Archibald Register for this article has been extrapolated from the book created by his daughters entitled Life of Rev. A.G. Register – By G. W. Register Jones (a descendant). The book is available in its entirety for free through Google books. It can be read as an e-book, downloaded in PDF format, or added to your Google library for later.