Martha Ballard's Diary, October 14 - 19, 1795

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raind. I Came home after Breakfast. Scallt my pickles, Did house work. mr Ballard went to the hook on business. the Boys Cutt pumpkins to Drie. I have knitt Some. Esqr Petingail Expired ys Day. at Son Pollards. Death of Esqr Petingail this morn.  
15 5
raind. we had a very heavy Shower with Lightning and thunder at Evng. I have Brewd and Done my house work, felt very unwell this after noon. mr Ballard Sett out to Attend funeral of Esqr Petinagail, but was Late and went no farther than mr Pollards, and returnd. at home. the remains of Esqr Petingail were interd ys aftern.  
16 6
Clear and pleast. mr Ballard went to the fort. mrs Benjamin here. I gave her Some String Beens. I heard that Mary Densmore was Sick, went to See her, find her very poorly. her Complaint is a pain & Sweling in the abdimen. at mr Densmors, Mary is Sick.  
17 7
Clear morn, rainy aftern. mr Ballard went to Pittston. I gatherd Beens, Drie & green, Sheld and Stringd. Sally Cocks Came home this Morn, made Some Pumpkin pies. Sarah and her Child went home, the Boys to mill and to Savage Boltons for 1_ Bushel Apples, price 3/ pr busl. at home.  
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Birth Son Pollards Dagt.
Clear. I was Calld at 2h m to See my Dagt Pollard. Shee was Safe Deld at 8h foren of a Dagt. I tarried with her all Day and Sett up with her at night. Shee was Exercised with pain. at Son Pollards. Birth 39th
19 2
Clear part of the Day. I tarried with my Dagt Pollard. Shee had much pain thro the Day and night. I tended her this night. little Rhoda was unwell at Evng. Son and Dagt Lambart there at Evng. at Ditoes. my Dagt was not So well aswe Could wish.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.