The Account Book
Town of Norway
Herkimer County, NY
William Foster's account book was graciously contributed by his gg-granddaughter Barbara Allen Empey Elmore
Wm Foster is my great great grandfather. He married Abigail Wiltse. Mary Jane Foster Allen was
their daughter; her obit is posted on the Herkimer County GenWeb site. Wm. & Abigail moved from
Norway NY to the Town of Springfield, Otsego County, NY. The portions of his account book that deal
with their time there will be posted to the Otsego Co site.
William & Abigail Wiltse Foster are buried in the Crain Cemetery, Cullen, Town of Warren,
Herkimer Co. Some members of this Wiltse family are buried in Allen's Lake Cemetery, Springfield,
NY. This cemetery is online.
What I have included here are the names mentioned in his account book while they lived in Norway:
Elisher O Randall
David H Kostin ... last letter of surname illegible; could be Hostin?
Elias B Pullman
Charles P Wiltse
Benjamin & Lafaetta Hall
Leander L Willoughby
The account book mentions the "Union Store", which must be the name of a general store in that
area at that time. Also mentions a lawsuit by an Avery in which George Bennet had to retain an attorney (1857).
William Foster's account book, donated by our family, is in the research library of the New York State Historical Association at Cooperstown NY.
Here is an example of how it reads:
Norway October 16th 1851 $ cts
John Yale to 3 lbs 2 oz butter 47
Oct 21st Elisher O Randall pro-
mised pay 1 dollar to Foster and
Wiltse for the use of a cow that
he turned off the farm on this
date. 1 00
Barbara Allen Empey Elmore