Martha Ballard's Diary, December 19 - 27, 1798

19 4
X. Birth Asa Williams Dagt. XX.
Cloudy and Some Snow. mrs Williams was Safe Deld at 3h pm of her 6th Dagt and 7th Child. I left her Cleverly and Came to Son Jonas where I tarried all night. he has been to our house with all his Childn, left Jack and brot the others home. this is ye Aniversary of my mariage, 44 yrs. at mr Asa Williamss. Birth 35th. ISlept at my Sons.  
20 5
Clear morn, Cloudy part of the day. Son Jona Conducted me home. I Calld at Shubal Pills, find his wife washing. mr Waid Choping wood for us. Capt Jones Sleeps here. at my Sons and mr Pittss
21 6
Clear and Cold. mr Waid workt here Richard Foster and wife and mr Blackman Dind here. we had a fine pice of roast Beef. I finisht footing a pair of Slockins for my Self and began a mittin. at home.  
22 7
Clear. I have been at home. at home.  
23 G
Snowd. I was Calld at 6h ys morn to See the wife of Wilm Sprage who was not So well as Shee Could wish. I was there all day, Shee is some better. at Wilm Sprages.  
24 2
Clear and Cold. I went from Mr Sprages to Son Jonas, he is gone to winslow. at Ditoes & at my Sons.  
25 3
Clear and Pleasant for Christmas. I have been at my Sons, he went to Varsalboro. at my Sons.  
26 4
Snowd and raind. I was at my Sons. at Ditoes.  
27 5
Cloudy. I have been at my Sons. Oliv left them. at Ditoes.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.