A Guide to the
Records of the Marshall Division No.3 of the Sons of Temperance
of the State of Virginia, Minute Book, 1844-1848
Compiled by: Tiffany W. Cole, January 2010
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Records of the Marshall Division No. 3 of the Sons of Temperance of the State of Virginia, Minute Book, 1844-1848
Collection No.: SC# 2004
Creator: Sons of Temperance of North America. Grand Division of Virginia. Marshall Division, No. 3
Extent: One 7¾" x 12" x 1¾" book
The collection consists of one 7¾" x 12" x 1¾" minute book of the Sons of Temperance of the State of Virginia, Marshall Division, No. 3.
Records of the Marshall Division No. 3 of the Sons of Temperance of the State of Virginia, Minute Book, 1844-1848, SC# 2004, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Penciled in the gutter of page 1 is the inscription "Wayland-Gift-Oct. 18, 1940."
Presented to the History Museum of the Harrisonburg State Normal School in 1910 by Nina Randolph of Harrisonburg, Va.
The Sons of Temperance was formally organized on September 29, 1842 at Teetotallers Hall, 71 Division Street in New York City where sixteen men adopted the constitution of the organization. The three main objectives of the Sons of Temperance were to "shield us from the evils of intemperance, to afford mutual assistance in case of sickness, and to elevate our characters as men." Located in Harrisonburg, the Marshall Division chartered its constitution on February 22, 1844. After the Civil War the Sons of Temperance was replaced by the Friends of Temperance.
Scope and Content
The Marshall Division No. 3 of the Sons of Temperance of the State of Virginia, Minute Book, 1844-1848, contains the division's constitution outlining the ten articles with members' signatures, meeting minutes, and brief financial reports. Pages are left blank for amendments and by-laws. Two extraneous leaves are laid in. One is a portion of a leaf from a ledger describing financial transactions; the other is a plat of 6 2/3 acres in Rockingham County. This minute book was formerly catalogued as HV 5314.H377 S63.
Evans, Thomas J. A digest of the resolutions and decisions of the National Division of the Sons of Temperance of the United States and of the Grand Division of Virginia: embracing a brief history of the origin, progress and present attainment of the Order: alphabetically arranged. Richmond, Va.: H.K. Ellyson, 1847.
Wayland, John W. Virginia Valley Records: Genealogical and Historical Materials of Rockingham County, Virginia and Related Regions (With Map). 1930. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1996.