Sons of Jonadab

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Sons of Jonadab
Purpose/focus Temperance

The Sons of Jonadab was an American fraternal temperance society, the name derived from Jeremiah 35:6,[1] founded at Boston in the mid-18th century, reputedly in imitation of the Independent Order of Rechabites, an English order of similar character. The order promoted total abstinence from drink, ejecting any who violated their oath to abstain without the possibility of reinstatement.[2]

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  1. Gould, S. C., ed. (November 1896), Sons of Jonadab, "Masonic and Arcane Societies in the U.S.", Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 14 (11): 279, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044092649565;view=1up;seq=293, retrieved 2016-10-17, "The Sons of Jonadab are a body of men that date back many years. They base their organization on the verse found in Jeremiah xxxv, 6: "We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, 'Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye nor your sons for ever.'" The Sons of Jonadab were flourishing in New England some twenty years ago, but of late years have somewhat depleted on account of other more modern similar associations. Any Son of Jonadab who once breaks his pledge can never be reinstated. They believe in having correct and wholesome laws, and then living up to them, and hence are not changing the codes for experiments." 
  2. Stevens, Albert C., ed. (1907), "Sons of Jonadab", The Cyclopædia of Fraternities (2 ed.), New York: E.B. Treat and Co., p. 209, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015020238435;view=1up;seq=437, retrieved 2016-10-17, "A prominent New England total abstinence, secret society, founded at Boston more than half a century ago. It flourished as late as twenty years ago, but is now dormant. It was manifestly an imitation of the English secret, total abstinence society, the Independent Order of Rechabites, which was introduced into this country in 1842. A Son of Jonadab who broke his pledge could not be reinstated."