Martha Ballard's Diary, October 8 - 12, 1789
Clear & pleast. I was Calld at ye 8h
morn to mr Daws at the hook, to his wife in travil. the
rigament of Troop Convend there on mr Shubull Hinkleys Land.
I tarried with mrss Daw till Evn when Shee had her women.
Shee remaind ill thro ye night.
at mr Daws. there was a muster of the troops &
X. Birth mr Daws Son, ye 4th.
Clear foren, Cloudy aftn. mrs Daw was Safe
Deliverd at ye 6th hour ys morn of a fine
Son which weighd 11 lb. I tarried with her till 4
Pm, then Came to mr Densmores; tarried all night.
at Detoes. his wife is ye 32nt
woman I have put to Bed Since Feby. 5th.
Clear & very Pleasant. I went to mr Trues to See Genny Coy,
find her more Comfortable; then returnd home. mr Hatch & wife
& Rufus Ballard here. Son Town Beck here informs his famely
are well & that mrs Barton was Delivrd of a Son ye
8th inst. the Revd mr Isaac foster removd to Varsalboro ys
Day. mr Ballard is gone to the hook.
at mr Densmoors & Trues. mr Hatch went from
Clear. we had Chickens for Dinner. this day is the Aneversary of
the Ordination of the Revd Isaac Foster over the Church &
flock in this Town three years Since.
Birth John Cumings 5th Son & 7th
Cloudy & rain. I was Calld about 12 O Clok morn to John Cumings.
Arivd at 2, found his wife Safe Delivrd of a Son which wd
11 lb., tarried till 6. Came home alone, arivd at
8, receivd 6/ in Butter & Chees for my trouble now & at
other time. Esqr Coney took Breakfast here, mr Church
Dinner. mr Ballard left home at 3 Pm on the Business of Surveying.
I am informed that A woman at Winthrop fell in the fire &
Burnt her to Such a Degree that Shee soon Expird, & a Girl
on ye night of ye 8th inst fell in to
the fire allso, & her Life is not Expected. on the morn of
ye 8 inst. mr Danniel Savages Junr oldest
Son was Scolt very much.
at John Cumings, Winthrop. the woman namd Perry,
account of accident at Winthrop & Hallowell.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.