Martha Ballard's Diary, April 26 - 30, 1796
Clear, Nabby washt and went to the hook. I Did the houswork foren,
workt in my Gardin aftern. Cyrus and Ebenz ploughd,
Ebn Sowd parsnips. mrs Heartford here at Evn, brot
5 Skeins lining yarn that mrs Livermore Spun. I Sent her 1/6
and Shee has had 1 lb Lard @ /10.
at home. Cleand the [garden] roots from Currants
and Sett Some.
X. Birth Benn Browns Dagt.
Clear. I was Calld about Day Break to See mr Benn Browns
wife. I walkt to the ferry, wrode from there, arivd at 6
h morn. my Patients illness Came on Severe at 9. Shee was Deld
at 12 of a very fine Dagt. her illness was Severe and Shee was
very faint after. Shee was put in Bed, but revivd and Seemd as
Comfortable as Could be Expected. I left her about 3h pm and walkt
Down to the ferry, had Son Pollards hors to wride home. mr
Brown gave me 7/6 as a reward. I Calld at mr James Cowens; mr Pierces,
find him better than he has been; at wido Savages,
Shee is unwell. Crost at the ferry, was in at Old mr Pollards.
at mr Benn Browns. Birth 19th. receivd
Cloudy and Some rain. our men Ploughd part of the Day. Cyrus went
home with Son Pollards hors. Ebenz Cleand
the Store and I Swept it. I have workt Some in my Door yard,
feel Some fatagud.
X. Birth Thos Kennys Dagt. XX.
rainy. I was Calld aftern to go to Ephn Cowens. I prepared to
go and Thoms Kenny Came, Exprest a wish to
have me go and See his wife. mr Cowen Consented. I went, find
her very ill. Shee was Deld of a Dagt about Sun Sett. I left
them Comfortable and went to Cowens at Evn, find her not very Sick.
I lost my Shoes.
at Thos Kenneys. Birth 20th. at Ephm
Cowens allso, lost my Shoes & fell from my hors.
rainy. at mr Cowens. he went Early to Seek my Shoes, found them,
informs me Mrs Kenny is Cleverly. mrs Cowen is not very Sick.
I tarried all night.
at Ephm Cowens.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.