The first edition of this book grew out of the author’s four years of serving as Registrar General for Associated Daughters of Early American Witches. During that time, she gathered a large amount of genealogical information on the ancestors of the Association. A comparison of various online and in-print listings revealed discrepancies. In addition, there were proven ancestors of members who did not appear on any of the published lists. These circumstances combined to form the impetus for this book.
Like any genealogical compilation, as soon as the first edition was published, new information and new ancestors appeared. As a result of her continued research, there are twenty-two new ancestors and 126 expanded entries. The references for each entry have been improved, and a new Appendix A showing family connections has been included.
This edition includes 339 ancestors in the Biographical Data section. Each entry includes genealogical information on the accused ancestors, their parents and children, (as available). There is also some information about their accusation and punishment as “witches.” If a woman married after her brush with witchcraft, she is listed under her accused name.
Because the membership criteria of ADEAW require that eligible ancestors were accused prior to 1700, only those individuals are included in the listings. There are a handful of accused after this date listed in Appendix B.
A brief history of ADEAW, three appendices (Family Connections, “Witches” after 1 January 1700, and Nonexistent Ancestors), a suggested reading list, a wealth of photographs, and a full-name index add to the value of this work.
2022, 8½x11, paper, index, 208 pp.