On Thursday, 10 October 1985, at the Mayflower Hotel, in Washington DC, three ladies met to discuss the possibility of forming a society of women descendants of early Americans accused of practicing witchcraft. The three ladies offered to fulfill the duties of the following offices: Miriam Hopiak, Organizing Secretary/Treasurer; Olive Tompkins, Organizing President; Caroline Engel, Organizing Vice President. Barbara Loucks was contacted by Caroline Engel to see if she would serve as Organizing Registrar.
The Associated Daughters of Early American Witches was incorporated on 6 August 1986. The Organizational Meeting was held on 11 April 1987 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 575 at the Mayflower Hotel. Vice President Caroline Engel presided in the absence of President General Olive Tompkins. There were thirty-five organizing/charter members. The fee for Life membership was $30. It was raised to $40 in 1989. (Life membership fee is currently $125 plus an application fee of $25).
Officers were nominated. Officer sashes were presented for approval. Barbara Loucks nominated Caroline Engel to be President General. Caroline held the office of President General for two years. She was elected Honorary President General at the 15 April 1989 meeting. Her death on 23 March 1990 was a great loss as we had relied on her guidance and friendship.
The first Annual Assembly was held on Saturday, 16 April 1988 at the Mayflower Hotel. The Business meeting began at 10:00 a.m. in the New Hampshire Room with luncheon following at 12:30 p.m. in the New Jersey Room.
In 1989, the members voted to make donations to Charles Cook Theological School, also known as Cook College.
The 501(c)3 tax designation was granted in 1990.