Martha Ballard's Diary, May 23 - 31, 1799

23 5
[    ] rainy forn, Cleard up at 1h pm. we went to Pittstn and attended the interment of the remains of our Brother, Thos Town. Sons Town and Jon a Dind here and went with us. mr Gill and wife went on before us. the Corps were Born to the Church where Prayers were red, than Carried into the Church yard and interd. we Calld at mr Moors and took Tea, arivd at home at Sun Sett. Son Town Sleeps here. at the Funeral of Bror Town.  
24 6
Clear and very warm. mr Ballard went to the Meddow. Saml Trask workt here, dug the gardn. I workt in my Gardn, Sowd Beets & Carrots, planted mellons, removd my roots &C, &C. at home Gardining.  
25 7
Cloudy. mr Ballard to the meddow & his Sons. I have workt in my Gardin, feel fatagud. Sally did hous wk and went up Street. at home Gardining.  
26 1
Cloudy. Cyrus Came up from pittstn. mr Ballard, he and Sally at meeting all day. I attended aftern. Sally did not return till Evng. we Calld at Son Lambds, they are well. at meeting.  
27 2
Clear morn but Cool. mr Ballard Set out to the meddow Early, Cyrus to pittstn, Sally washing. Allin Lambd Came here. A person Calld on me to go and See friend Nathan Husseys wife at Varsalboro, but he thought it advisable to go on for Doct Parker. I was Calld to See mrss Burtun before noon, find her unwell and tarried all night. Shee got better. At mr Burtuns.  
28 3
Clear and pleasant. I went in to See mrss Stone and mrss Miller, then Sett out for home. Calld at mr Whitwells and Lambd s. mr Ballard been to Son Jon as. at Dittoes. Bulah and Childn Sleep here.  
29 4
Clear and warm. mr Ballard been to Survey for Capt OZgood. Saly Fletcher left me at noon. Dagts Ballard & Lambard here. at home. Dagts Ballard & Lambd here. Sally left me.  
30 5
X. Birth James Burtuns 2nd Dagt. XX.
Clear part of the Day. mr Ballard to the Meddow, finisht mending the fence. I was Calld 7h pm to See mrss Burtun who was in Labour, and was Deld at 10 Evn of a fine Daugtr. I tarried thro the night. mr Fenny was there at 8, wisht me to go and See his wife who was ill allso, but Could not leave mrss Burtun to Speak with hime, he went after mrss Mosier, Shee was Absent. at mr Burtuns. Birth 22nt. recd 12/ out of his Store.  
31 6
rainy. I got my Patinet up, Changd her lining and Came home. at Ditoes.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.