Martha Ballard's Diary, April 27 - May 1, 1793
Clear. I was at mr Hinkleys till near night when I returnd home,
left his wife more Comfortable. we receivd a letter of Aprl
1st from Bror Jona
Moore informing his famely were in health. a mrs Brown of Sandy
at mr Hinkleys. receivd a letter from Bror
Jona of 1st inst.
Clear. mr Ballard went to meeting at the hook. mr Child Sent for
me to See his wife who is Confind to her Bed. Shee has various
Complaints. my Dagt Dolly is not So well as we Could wish. Jona
here, his infant is not very well.
at mr Childs. Ephm put Eggs
under two Turkeys.
X. Birth Thoms Hinklys Son, the 9th
by XX two wives. XX.
Clear, a Coal morn, fine Day. I was Calld between twelve &
one ys morn to See mrs Hinkley who was in Labour &
was Deld of a fine Son at 11h. I left her & infant
Cleverly & returnd home, find mr Ballard Sett out on a
tour of Surveying ys morn. my girls have washt &
are Scouring house &C.
at mr Hinkleys. Birth 22nt, Sixteen of which were Sons. recd 6/.
Clear & warm. I have been at home Clearing ye Door
yard of Chips. Cyrus & Ephm ploughing ye Entervl.
mrs Barton went to Jonas. Dolly
got her Brors web out. I am infmd that
mrs mc Causland is thought to be near ye
Close of life.
X. Birth mr Capins Dagt. XX. 478th
Extraction Since I Came to Hollowell.
Clear & warm. I was Calld at 1h morn to See mrs
Capen who was in Labour. Shee was Delivd of a fine Dagt at 2.
I tarried there till after Dining, went to mr Brookses, mrs Cony
& Dagts Came there. I Came to mr Capins again, recd
6/. Cyrus Came to mr Pages Landing & Conducted me over
ye river. Ephm heard yt our Hond
Mother Ballard is Deceast.
at mr Capans. Birth 23d.
we had News of ye Death of motr Ballard.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.