Martha Ballard's Diary, June 17 - 21, 1788

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Cloudy. James Weston Expired at 3h morn. I laid him out ascisted by mrs Lois Harris & Polly Hinkly. mrs North Came in to See them. I returnd home at 10h morn; feel much fatagud, took a knap of Sleep, feel better. mrs Welch here. mr Ballard laying out roade by ye river below mr Pollards to Pitts Town. James Weston Expird at 3h morn Æ 4 years, 1 month & 11 Days. I Calld at mr Williamss
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rainy. mr Ballard Surveying thee road from Pitts town to fort Westorns, East Side ye river. Son Town Came here. I attended the funeral of James Weston. Calld to See Nr Williams, he is growing weaker; his feet Swell and a purging takes place again. Funeral of James Weston. I attended it. was atWlmss
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Clear. mr Ballard on the Business of Surveying road. I have Combd 13-1/2 [lb] of flax. mr Benn Porter and his wife here. Son Town went from here. I have bn at home.  
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XX. Birth Danl Savages Son. XX.
Cloudy morn. I was Calld to Danl Savage Junrs wife who is in travil at 10h morn. Shee was Safe Deld of a Son at 9h Evn. I Left her Cleverly. arivd at home at 11h 45m. mr Ballard gone to Varsalboro. Clarisa Barton been here and mrss LoiS Hinkly, Polly White from Falmoth & Susana Cleark. I was at Daniel Savages.  
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Clear morn. at 1hpm 20m, a Shower of hail & rain with thunder. David Learned here. mr Porter & wife & Parthena went from here at 10h 30m. I have been at home. mr Ballard Sett plants. the Litning Struck 2 trees at Capt Pages. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.