Martha Ballard's Diary, September 1 - 2, 1794
When I rose, and they retird to take Some rest at 6 OClock, Shee
Desird mr Pitts & I to moov her & fix her Bed. we Did &
laid her in again. Shee Expird in a very Short Space without
a Strugle Except Distress for Breath. we have reason
to hope our loss her gain. A Clear Day. I Came home from mr
Pittss after we had Performd our last Ofice
of friend Ship, Except her interment. my Son Ephm
went to inform his friends at winthrop. it is four
months this Day Since I was Calld to See my Dead Neace who was
Seisd with this, her last illness, which Shee has born with Christian
meekness and humility. Shee has manifested her regard to
Christianity by an opne Profission of religion & receiving the
ordinance of Baptism. we morn the los of her Company, but have
the greatest reason to hope that Shee has Changd this for a a
[sic] world in which Shee will be free from all pain and Sorrow,
joind with Glorified Saints to Sing Redeeming lov.
at mr Pittss, his wife Expird.
Ephm is gone to inform his friends. at mr Pitts.
Cloudy fore n, a very rainy after n. I walkt to mr Pittss this morn
where I Saw the opperation of a Dessection performd on his Deseased
wife. her Lights were found to be very much ulcerated &
a Skirrous utera. her remains were interd about 6h
Pm. her female friends Could not proceed to the grave by reason
of the rain. Hannah Cocks Came here with Sally & Sleeps
here. I Could wish we might wisely improve ye [Call].
at the funeral of mrs Pitts. all my
famely that were at home were Present.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.