This folder contains a Sons of Temperance certificate given to J.F. Perkins for joining the the Harts Chapel Division No. 199 in Bedford County, Tennessee, dated 15 August 1848.
A meeting of some sixteen men was held at Teetotalers Hall, 71 Division Street, New York and the Order of the Sons of Temperance came into being by the formation of New York Division No. 1 on 29th September 1842. Its objects were to shield its members from the evils of intemperance, to afford mutual assistance in times of sickness, provide a sum of money at the death of a member, to elevate character, to enlist workers in an earnest and noble endeavour to reclaim those who fell under the influence of strong drink, to save the young from the terrible power of the drink habit, and to assist in every way the suppression of the drink traffic. The personal pledge adopted at the formation of the organization was: 'I will neither make, buy, sell nor use as a beverage, any spirituous or malt liquors, wine or cider.' Later branches of the society were named "divisions" and were established throughout America, Canada, and England.
Document; 8.5" x 11"
Sons of Temperance certificate, SMCNE.0002.0014
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Sons of Temperance certificate, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
United States History