Martha Ballard's Diary, February 3 - 6, 1795
A S E wind & rain. we had a Swine Butchered by Silva
Moore and Tilton. mr Ballard went to the fort. I have been
Clear and pleast. I went to See mrs Sheppard, find her
as well as Could be Expected, her infant allso. they made me
a prest of 24 and a bottle of wine for Dolly. mr Ballard
Surveying the river.
at mr Sheppards. Dolly Came home Sick.
Lafaett is 2 years old.
Cloudy. I arose this morn, found the ice was gone by our hous and
that ye freshett higher than I Ever have Seene it.
I Sent Cyrus to See what Circumstance Jon
a and famely were in, he returnd with news that his house
was Covered Several feet from the bottom with water and that his
wife and Childn were Carried in at mr Burtuns. I
went Directly there, find my Dagt Comfortable to admiration. I
tarrid with her all night, do not find as she has taken Cold, notwithStanding
Shee was out three or four hours on her
bed in a Sleigh. they did but Escape before their house was Startd
from the foundation and the Chimney throun Down. they have
Since found more of their affects than Could have been Expected.
at my Son Jonas.
his famely Drove out by thee freshet as ice being Jambd.
his wife been Deld but 4 Days. the grait preserving mercy
of God has wonderfully apeared for her and famely in their preservation.
Clear & fine weather. we removd Jonas wife and infant
from mr Burtuns to Son Pollards. I tarried with her all night.
Shee Seemd very much worried, Did not wrest So well as I Could
at Ditoes. we removd my Sons wife to
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