Martha Ballard's Diary, December 15 - 19, 1791
X. Birth mr Selvestr Son & 3rd Child.
Clear & Pleast. mrs Selvestr was Safe Deld of a
Son which wd 8-1/2 lb at 3h morn. I left her Cleaverly
at 11. Calld at Capt Filebrowns &
Jene Whebs. walkt part of ye way home, wrode
the other. receivd 2 lb Coffee, 1yd ribbond &
a [Cap boader] as Extraodenary for waiting on her. I went to
mr Densmores, was informd that mr Ezeliel Pages youngest Child
Expird last night.
at Ditoes. Birth th. fee receivd.
Snowd. mr Ballard & Epm got wood. the Girls went
to mr Densmores to have Parthenia a Gown made. I have been at
Clear. mr Ballard went to mr Savages, had his Oxen Shod. when he
returnd he informd yt mr Pollard turnd my Son Jon a
out of his house. it is very Strange yt men
Cannot behave like rational beings. Parthenia finisht makeing her
Goun. I have been at home mending Cloaths. Cyrus went to mr
Joness mill, brot 1 Busl wheat meel, 1 Bsl
Indian, 1 Peck rie. mr Ballard bot 1 Gal molases of
mr Wesson, Some Pork & Beef & a Loaf of hoggs fatt of
Snowd. mr Ballard went to meeting to Colo Duttuns, mr
Smith performd. I was Calld to See mrs Jones who was unwell.
I tarried all night. gave mrs Jones medisin & Shee got a good
nights rest. mrs Savage & Dagt there.
at mr Jones.
Snowd ys morn. I Came home Early. mr Balld & Ephm
went for Jonas Hay. Clear
towards night. I have been mending my Cloaths. Moses Pollard
waited on my Dagts & Parthenia to his Dads this
Evng. this day is ye Anavarsery of Marriage. I went
to hous keeping the Same Day, have had 6 removes Since. my
next may be into my last abode, may I be prepard. Cyrus went to
Pittstn this morn. my Girls returnd after the moon
at Dtos. 37 years this Day Since I was
Joind in wedlock with mr Ballard. many Sines have past Since
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.