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In 1890 the editors of "Norway Tidings" had this to say: Prof. J.W. Taylor, the octogenarian writer of Poland, N.Y., sends us this pleasant greeting: "I peruse every number of the Tidings with interest. In rescuing from oblivion the early history of Norway you have done the public a benefit, and have laid the descendants of the pioneers of your town under great obligations. The history of every town in the state should be written in like manner. The value of such histories in the future cannot now be fully appreciated." (From: Norway Tidings, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1, 1890). A century later we couldn't agree more as we thank them for their foresight and enjoy excerpts from these newspapers.

Very few records remain for the Town of Norway. The Norway Tidings was a newspaper from 1887-1890 which contains a lot of genealogical information, which was also available at some point as a book. Bill McKerrow, has provided us with a descriptive page (below) from this now out-of-print book, noting families the Newport Historical Center may have some records about.

The Town of Norway Historian is Mrs. Helen Wheatley, Newport/Grey Road, Newport, NY 13416. Mrs. Wheatley has what is left of the historical records for Norway and is giving us valuable assistance. Please remember to send a S.A.S.E. when making inquiries about your Norway ancestors and thank her for her time. Information may also be requested from the Kuyahoora Valley Historical Society.

Norway History Center

Photo Copyright ©2004 Paula Pitts

Norway Historical Center
The Town of Norway acquired the 1830 Baptist Church, which was dedicated as our town's history center. We have many old church records plus artifacts, photos, and genealogical information; and we accept any old family records, photos, or artifacts anyone is willing to donate to us. The center is open for perusing, looking up information, or just visiting to see the old church, during the summer. Our historical group is called the "Norway Historical Commission" which meets monthly.

1888-1889 Herkimer County Directory: Norway

The 1825 State Census for the Town of Norway

Fragments of Norway's Early History
Work and Industry in the Town of Norway
Early Freemasons in Norway and Newport, NY: Sprig Lodge, No. 279
1827 Assessment Roll of the Town of Norway

Norway Family Sketches
Index to Family Biographies in Norway Tidings
Josiah and Mercy Bennet of Norway, NY
1887 Probate of David L. Bly
1850s Account Book of William Foster
Will of Joseph Maxson
Love Letters of C.D. Ross
The Vanderburgh and Cook Families of Norway, NY

Fairview Cemetery Burial Permits, 1890-1942
Fairview Cemetery Burial Permits, 1949-2000
Fairview Cemetery, Norway, Partial Readings
Fairview Cemetery, Norway (Complete)
Hurricane Cemetery
Hurricane Cemetery Burial Permits, 1915-1943, some earlier
Hurricane Cemetery Burial Permits, 1944-2000
Norway Cemetery
Norway Village Cemetery Burial Permits, 1896-1942
Norway Village Cemetery Burial Permits, 1944-1999
Small Cemeteries of Norway - Abandoned Opposite School, Barnes (the latter two are the same cemetery), Elm Tree Road aka Reynolds, Nichols, Sweet and Sherman Cemeteries

Norway Births 1848 - 1849
Norway Marriages 1848 - 1849
Norway Deaths 1848 - 1849
Early Civil Marriage Records of Norway
Late 19th Century Marriage Notices of Norway
Grace Episcopal Church Records 1822-1910

Tales of Capt. Jared Smith, Jr. of Norway: including the Roster of Capt. Jared Smith's Regiment, Sept. 14, 1811
1890 Surviving Civil War Veterans and Widows of the Town of Norway
Betsy and Helen's Memories of WWII

OUR INTENTION (from Norway Tidings, Issue No. 1)

"The families named below were mostly pioneer settlers of Norway. We intend to give historical sketches of each. Some, necessarily, will be short, but all will be interesting:

Ash, Austin, Babbitt, Barstow, Barnes, Benjamin, Bradley, Brainard, Brunson, Burwell, Bly, Bullock, Burr, Carpenter, Cadman, Crandall, Crosby, Cole, Curtis, Coppernoll, Comstock, Coe, Cook, Corp, Colvin, Churchill, DuBois, Davis, Dorman, Dodge, Doty, Enos, English, Easton, Ferris, Forsyth, Freeman, Greene, Gray, Gage, Gardner, Gordinier, Giles, Hinman, Howe, Hall, Hurlburt, Hine, Hurd, Horton, Hemingwey, Hines, Humphreville, Ives, Johnson, Jackson, King, Luther, Legg, Lord, Manly, Mason, Maxon, Mabee, Morse, Marvell, Madison, Mather, Norton, Nichols, Overton, Potter, Pullman, Post, Rathbun, Randall, Ruland, Ross, Rugg, Smith, Sisson, Sheldon, Service, Sweet, Salisbury, Sherman, Swinburne, Thayer, Thorp, Tillinghast, Tompkins, Underhill, Vincent, Vedder, Van Denburgh, Van Amie, Wright, Willoughby, Western, Wilcox.

If any representatives or descendants of the above families will furnish any facts connected with their settlement and residence in this town they will greatly favor us. Please give the date of coming to Norway, where from, amount of land bought and price paid, and any and all other incidents of interest. We possess some information and history of the most of above names, but want more."

(from Norway Tidings, Vol 1, No. 1 Norway, NY., January 1887)
Source: The description above was provided by the Newport Historical Center
Copyright ©1991 Kuyahoora Valley Historical Society
Submitted by: Bill McKerrow

From Jamie Bly who is researching the three Bly brothers who moved from CT/RI to Norway.

Joseph (b. 4/19/1761 in RI - d. 2/20/1813 in Norway): - wife a RATHBUN; children b. Norway: Rouse, Joseph Jr., Hanna, Nathan

William C. (b. 1769 in RI - d. 2/18/1841 in Norway) - wife a TEFFT; children b. Norway: Benjamin H., Adoxy, Jonathan, Ruth, Sally, William Tefft, Polly, Daniel, Clark, Will

Job (b. 1771 in CT - d. 7/27/1852 in Norway) - wife a SERVICE; children b. Norway: Job, Thomas Rathbone, Alanson

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