Sunday’s Salute # 38 ~ Joseph Alvin Register Sr ~ WWI

Joseph Alvin Register Sr my paternal 3rd cousin was born on November 20, 1889, in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He was the 2nd of 5 children born to John Robert Register (1857-1913) and Margaret Elizabeth Mullins (1867-1912). His parents were considered pioneers of this area of Florida.

Joseph in in the front row on the right

After graduation from High School he married Flora Milner on October 14, 1914. They were divorced within 2 two years on September 14, 1916. Joseph had filed for divorce, stating that his wife had deserted him. Also, after graduating he enlisted in the Florida National Guard.

In 1914, Joseph enlisted as a private in the Florida National Guard, and he also worked as a salesman. Then on August 5, 1917, he transferred to the 31st Field Artillery Infantry Division. By November 13 that same year he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. He was transferred to Camp Wheeler in Georgia, and after training his regiment was sent overseas to join in the fight.

Once the unit reached France the men were separated and assigned to other units as artillery experts. Because of the men being moved from one unit to another, it is difficult to trace all of the battles he participated in. The men were only in the different unit for a battle or two, then they moved on. By the end of the war, Joseph was promoted to Captain.

Upon returning home, he married Anna Dechant on December 7, 1921, in Jacksonville. They had 3 children, 1 son, and 2 daughters. Joseph started his own real estate business in 1923 and formed the Florida Appraisal Company in 1928. He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church and a life member of the Morocco Temple of the Shrine. He was also a member of the Florida Yacht Club and served as its treasurer for many years. He died on February 5, 1957, at the age of 67.

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