Martha Ballard's Diary, December 29 - 31, 1787
Cloudy & Some Snow. mr Ballard went to the hook. we receivd
a Letter from our Friend Hains Learned of the 19th inst,
informing us of the Death of my honoured Mother, who Departed
this Life after a Short illness ye 4th
inst; her Decease was the Palsy. Shee was Aged 72 Years
the 27th of July last, Old Stile. he also informs yt
my Sister Deborah was Safe Delivrd of a Son & that my other
friends were in health, and of an acsident by fire which hapend
on the Night of ye 5th inst in OXbridg;
a hous Consumd with four persons, 2 aged & 2 Children.
News of the Death of My Mother.
XX. Birth of Thomas Kennys Daught and first Child.
Clear. I attended Divine Servis, went to mr Westons in intermision
and was Calld at 7h Evn to See Thomas Kennys wife
in Travil. I Broke through the ice on the Eddy by Capt Sewals.
went into thee water to my waist, got out without asistance. mr
Kenny Carried me a Shoar in his arms. I mounted his hors, wett
as I was rode to mr Whites in hast. find the Pateint very ill.
Shee was Safe Delivrd at 10h & 30m
of a Dafter and is Cleverly.
I fell in to the river.
Clear. Mr Kenny Conducted me home. we arivd at 4h morn.
I made a fire & hett my feet then went to Bed & Lay
till Ten, then rose & feel much Beter than my fears. mr Ballard
is gon to mr Pollards. I let mrs Porter have 10 skeins of
[ ]. Receivd 10-1/2 knots of Doubled & 7 of [ ]
yn wt 10 oz, part of it Coloured Blue.
in this year 1787, I have Extracted 12
sons & 15 Daughters; been Calld to 7 women which were Deliverd
before my arival. Hallowell December 31, 1787 Martha
Ballard Her Diary Doct Stephen Barton, with his Famely,
Left our hous bound to Boston Octr 25th,
1787. My Hond Mother Moore Deseast December 4 of
now 1787 is Ended, it happy is if we are mended. God grant
if not we may be.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.