Sanford W. McMullan record book and ledger

Sanford W. McMullan record book and ledger

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: McMullan, Sanford W.
Creator: Sons of Temperance of North America.
Title: Sanford W. McMullan record book and ledger
Dates: 1850-1859
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1591 in MS 1607)
Coll. Number: ms1607(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

The Sons of Temperance was established Septebmer 29, 1842 in New York City, as a fraternal and benevolent association that espoused total abstinance. It was organized into National Division with jurisdiction over North America, Grand Divisions with jurisdiction over states or provinces, and Subordinate Divisions with local jurisdiction. -- from Cyclopedia of temperance & prohibition, 1891.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a record book kept by Sanford W. McMullan of Henry County, Georgia to record membership and dues for an unnamed society, probably a unit of the "Sons of Temperance" (1850-1854). It also served as a personal ledger (1854-1859). One ms. vol. (31 X 19 cm), marbled boards, well-worn, with calf backstrip bearing in martin "Financial Secy's Book." 107 pages of text, most only partly entered. The entries for the Society, made early in the 1850's, are somewhat brief. They note each member's initiation date, the dues paid (65 cents per quarter year), and, occasionally, his expulsion (for "drinkin cider and Profain Swarring," "for nonpayment of dews," "for violation of article 2d Constitution," and so forth). A four-page index lists 91 members of the organization in Henry County. Many families were represented by three of more members, including the Crowell, Fargason, Tarpley, Upchurch, and White families. Additionally, there is one line of code, together with a second line deciphering it - perhaps a code used by the Society for confidential communications. The principal value of the Society records is for its listing of members, documentation of their periods of association with the temperance movement, of their financial contributions to the local chapter, and of occasional acts of misconduct warranting expulsion. Beginning in 1854, McMullan used the ledger to record, often on the bottom half of the page bearing Society entries, various personal accounts. These include "notes taken," "produce sold," and accounts with various parties, including a blacksmith. His puchases included such items as castor oil, "a pain killer," velvet "ribbin," a carpet bag, boots, and tobacco. He sold himself quantities of eggs and peaches. Additionally, there are notations on McMullan's affairs, some of them running to 30 lines.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Account books
Account books--Georgia--Henry County--Specimens.
Blacksmithing--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Blacksmiths--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Boots--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Castor oil industry--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Castor oil--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Crowell family
Dues--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Egg trade--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Eggs--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Fargason family
Finance, Personal--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Footwear industry--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Ledgers (account books)
Luggage industry--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Luggage--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
McMullan, Sanford W.
McMullan, Sanford W. -- Finance, Personal
Membership lists.
Pain medicine--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Pain medicine--Prices--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Peach industry--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Peach--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Produce trade--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Registers (lists).
Ribbon (material)
Ribbons--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Sons of Temperance of North America. -- Finance
Sons of Temperance of North America. -- Membership
Sons of Temperance of North America. -- Registers
Tarpley family
Textile industry--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Tobacco industry--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Tobacco--Georgia--Henry County--History--19th century--Sources.
Upchurch family
White family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sanford W. McMullan record book and ledger, MS 1607. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Record book and ledger, 1850-1859