Edward Lincoln Washer, Photographer, 1860-1943

Edward Lincoln Washer. Not only did this cousin of mine have a distinguished middle name, but he was a talented professional photographer in the Scranton area.

edward lincoln washer photo

This is a “cabinet card” photograph by Edward L. Washer. Cabinet cards were thin photographic prints mounted on cardboard. They peaked in popularity in the 1880s. (I found the above photo at this blog, but don’t know where the picture is from originally.)

A cousin on my Secor side sent me these three Edward Lincoln Washer photos:


These pictures are from his family collection. They weren’t labeled, so it’s anybody’s guess who the subjects are. Source: R. Harper

Up until 1896, Edward had a photo gallery at Dunmore Corners. Around that time, he moved to Olyphant and set up his business there. The week before the paper announced the move, he lost some equipment in a Dunmore barn fire:

edward washer fire
The Scranton Tribune, 13 Nov 1896, Fri, Page 7, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/18038025/edward_washer_fire_in_barn/

He eventually moved back to Dunmore.

Edward Washer of Dunmore passed through town with his photograph wagon a few days ago and wanted to take our quaint, old-fashioned town along with him in the shape of photos. (Hamlinton, PA) – The Scranton Republican,  07 Jun 1902, Sat,  Page 6

“Some early photographers would travel by wagon among rural villages and farms to get the business of customers who were too far away from the larger towns and cities where the fixed studios operated.” Source

I’ve also seen a homicide case where Edward Washer was called to testify regarding the crime scene photos he’d taken!

I only have time for a super quick post, so that’s all she wrote for now.

See also: Anything to Get the Shot: Itinerant Photographers 

Edward Lincoln Washer is my 1st cousin, 4x’s removed.

Per wikitree’s relationship calculator:

Edward Washer and Alison McClintock are both descendants of Abraham Washer.

1. Edward is the son of Amos Washer 
2. Amos is the son of Abraham Washer 
This makes Abraham the grandfather of Edward.

1. Alison is the daughter of [private father] 
2. [Private] is the son of Clarence McClintock 
3. Clarence is the son of Mary Louise Secor 
4. Mary is the daughter of Francis D. Secor 
5. Francis is the son of Dianna (Washer) Secor 
6. Dianna is the daughter of Abraham Washer 
This makes Abraham the fourth great grandfather of Alison.


Goodwife “Goody” Knapp – My 10th Great Grandmother: Victim of the Witchcraft Delusion

Forget the DAR, I’m joining the ADEAW. 😉

connecticut goody knapp goodwife knapp witch hunt

While researching the McClintock/Secor branch of my tree, I found out that I have a 10th great grandmother who was accused, convicted and executed for witchcraft in 1653 Fairfield, Connecticut. That’s almost 40 years before the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.

This case is one of the most painful in the entire Connecticut list, for she impresses one as the best woman; how the just and high minded old lady had excited hate or suspicion, we cannot know.  Connecticut as a Colony, (1:212) Morgan.1

Goodwife Knapp was the wife of my 10th great grandad Roger Knapp.  “Goodwife” was apparently the 1600s equivalent of the title “Mrs.” Her actual first name isn’t known and neither is her maiden name.

Her case is noted as the first well-documented witchcraft case in early Connecticut. She was described as “a woman of good repute,” and a “just and high-minded old lady.” (Old lady? According to the records I can find, she gave birth to my 9th great-grandad Josiah one or two years before this happened, so she couldn’t have been much more than 40).

From what I’ve read, there’s no record that tells exactly what Goodwife Knapp was accused of besides witchcraft in general.  She’d been hounded and probably tortured in attempts to get her to confess and name other witches. She did neither. Well, that is until…

Goody Knapp was brought to a place called Fry’s field where they’d set up a gallows. They leaned a ladder up against a scaffold or a tree, and the condemned Goodwife Knapp climbed up. According to the records of the event, once there, she indicated that she had something to say afterall and was allowed to climb back down. From what I gather, she didn’t confess to witchcraft, but she whispered that Goodwife Staples was indeed a witch.

Goodwife Staples had been party to accusing Goody Knapp of witchcraft. It’s surmised that Grandma Knapp made this last-minute accusation in an attempt to save her life– it seems that the townspeople generally wanted to get rid of Goodwife Staples too, and they’d been pressing for Grandma Knapp to implicate her as a witch all along. But of course, it didn’t save Grandmother’s life. After this confession, Goodwife Knapp was hung without delay. Sad, sad tale.

Goodwife Staples was later accused, tried and acquitted of witchcraft.

Possible reparations?

A prominent Fairfield-area family, the Pells, who were central to the witchcraft accusations against Goody Knapp, later assumed the debts of her husband, Roger Knapp, per the 1669 will of Thomas Pell– if I’m interpreting this antiquated grammar correctly:

[Roger Knapp] removed to Fairfield, and was one of four “poor men” to whom the will of Dr. Pell, 1669, gave their debts to him. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 12

I think it’s very possible that Thomas Pell assumed Grandpa Knapp’s debts due to “pangs of remorse,” like he seems to also have done in this instance. Thomas Pell went on to found Pelham, in what is now the Bronx, New York City. He left two other witchcraft-hysteria victims some land in his will. Sigh. If only.

Much has already been written about Goody Knapp; a quick google search brings up troves of info.

The Hanging of Goody Knapp
“Hanging of Goody Knapp” – Artwork by Don Almquist – Hartford Courant, (Hartford, Connecticut), 27 Apr 1986, Sun. Page 15

How I’m Related to Goodwife Knapp: Relationship chart (it’s a long one!)
13. “Goodwife” Knapp (Abt. 1618 – 1653)
10th great-grandmother
12. Josiah Knapp (1652 – 1690)
son of Goodwife Knapp
11. Moses Knapp (1683 – 1755)
son of Josiah Knapp
10. Rebecca Knapp (1717 – 1770)
daughter of Moses Knapp
9. Moses DeWolf Dolph (1756 – 1827)
son of Rebecca Knapp
8. Alexander Dolph (1783 – 1860)
son of Moses DeWolf Dolph
7. Eliza Dolph (1804 – 1845)
daughter of Alexander Dolph
6. Edward J Secor (1830 – 1912)
son of Eliza Dolph
5. Frank D Secor (1860 – 1940)
son of Edward J Secor
4. Mary Louise Secor (1881 – 1970)
daughter of Frank D Secor
3. Clarence Secor McClintock (1915 – 1992)
son of Mary Louise Secor
2. My father (1951 – 2009)
son of Clarence Secor McClintock
1. Me


(1) John Metcalf Taylor, The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut (1647-1697), (Connecticut, Grafton Press, 1908), page 122.

(2) Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1 (Genealogical Publishing Com, 1930), Page 364, Ebook, Google Books, accessed Jan 10, 2018.
URL: https://books.google.com/books?id=5xYVpaBmRnEC&lpg=RA1-PA562&dq=History%20and%20Genealogy%20of%20the%20Families%20of%20Old%20Fairfield%2C%20Volume%201%20roger%20knapp&pg=PA364#v=onepage&q=roger%20knapp&f=false

(The sources that demonstrate my genealogical connection to Goody Knapp are too numerous to list here.)