Martha Ballard's Diary, January 1 - 5, 1786

1 A
A Clear but very Cold Day. my fammaly all attended Divine Servis Except Ephm & my self. ye Girls gone to mr Williams ys Eving, Cyrus also. mr Pollard & Hall here. mr Ballard is gone to mr Pollards.   
2 2
A Clear, Cold day. I was at home, mended a Shirt for Ephm. Edmn Allin & wife here. the Girls washt. ye mill Stopt by reasn of ye Cold. I hear mrs Faught is Deceast.   
3 3
mr Bullin & Rachel Faught Came here at 9/O Clok going to attend funeral of mrs Faught. mr Densmore Calld me to See his Son which is unwell. it began to snow when I left home. I calld to see mrs North as I came home. Shee is very Sick. was Enformd there of ye Death of Judg Bowman of Pownalboro. it is a Tedious Storm.   
4 4
Birth. Blakes Son. X. fee recievd.
I was at home till 7/O/Clok in Eving when Calld by James Moore to go to John Blakes wife being in Travil. I rode our hors there, put her safe to Bed with a Son. it Snowd all night.   
5 5
I Came home Acompanied by mr Moore. it Snows yt. I feel Some fatagud. mr Blake paid me Eight Shillings.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.