The Account Book


William Foster

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:

        John Yale
        Elisher O Randall

        David Ash

        Martin Folts
        David H Kostin ... last letter of surname illegible; could be Hostin?
        Johnson Smith
        Allen Wiltse
        Adolphus Wiltse

        Benjamin Hall
        David Ash
        John Mulverhill
        John Hadcock
        George Bennet
        James Wiltse
        Mr Wells
        Alvah Kellogg
        Silas Comstock
        Allen Wiltse

        James Dolen
        Joseph Crane
        Fredrick Service
        George Bennet
        J Wiltse
        A Wiltse
        Fredrick Ives
        Elias B Pullman
        Charles P Wiltse
        Benjamin & Lafaetta Hall
        Francis Bennet
        Franklin Bennet
        Nathan Bly

        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

Etc, etc.

Submitted by
Barbara Allen Empey Elmore

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