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From: "tfeeney" <>
Subject: Re: [GM-L] Association Test for MA
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 15:10:43 -0400
According to the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution at
the following website for Sons of the American Revolution
Participation in one or more of the following types of service is required
of an ancestor if a descendent is to be admitted into the Sons of the
American Revolution . . .
"Any pledge to support the cause of the Colonies, such as signing the Oath
of Fidelity and Support, Oath of Allegiance, Articles of Association,
Association Test Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration, 1775 the Albemarle,
Virginia, Declaration and similar declarations."
Seems to support the theory that there were other states that did
participate in a sort of Association test
----- Original Message -----
From: "Toby Hurley" <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 2:14 PM
Subject: [GM-L] Association Test for MA
> In a book found today at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (not
called FHC, FYI, but FHL), "Historical Celebration of the Town of Brimfield,
Hampden County, Mass....", there are several pages devoted to the history
before, during, and after the American Revolution. In there, it basically
states that "resistance (against taxation) at first took the form of
ASSOCIATION (my capitalization for emphasis) all over the country," so
apparently not just NH, in which the signers were pledging not to use any
imported articles nor trade w/ merchants who kept such articles on sale.
> Specifically, for Brimfield, "a covenant was presented to all the voters,
and without an exception signed by them individually. This Continental
Association, as it was called, pledged the signers to a suspension of all
commercial intercourse with Great Britain, especially by refraining from the
purchase of all imported goods." The date of this covenant was 1 July 1774.
> James Thompson (for lister Al) was one of the many signers of this
> I hope this helps answer the question as to whether or not there was an
association test for MA. Have to assume, the way this is described in the
book, that there would have been similar ones for each town in MA, though
possibly the exact wording differed from town to town.
> Toby Hurley
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