Martha Ballard's Diary, August 28 - September 4, 1800

28 5
Clear. mr Ballard Surveying for mr Roland. I have been at home. at home.  
29 6
Birth Waids Dagt.
Clear. I was Calld at 6h 20m morn to see mrss Waid in Labour. Shee was Deld at 5h pm of a Daught. I returnd at Evn. went to Son Jonas to See Hannah who is Sick with a relax. at mr Waids & Son Jonas. Birth 19th
30 7
Clear. I have been takeing Care of my pickles and other matters and been to my Sons to see his Dagt. Shee is not any better. we gave her the Bark of Shumake and a Clister. mr Ballard Surveying for mr Swetland. mr Floid Died Sudenly this morn. at my sons. Death of mr Floid.  
31 1
rainy. mr Ballard only of our famely went to meeting. mr Hodges here, he wishes for Polly to tarrie with me. I went to See Son Jonas Dagt, find her in less pain than Shee was yesterday. Doct Cony was Calld to see her, he gave her rheubarb and Calomeel, left Elx vitl & Stotn. I Came home before Supper. mr Ballard went there at Evn. may God grant his Blessing on the means used for the Child. at my sons. Cony to See Hannah, gave her Calomel.  
1 2
Clear. mr Ballard Surveying for Esquir Lyon. mr Floids remains were intered. I have been doing hous work and Some in my Gardin till 3 O Clock aftern, when I went to son Jonas. his Dagt is much as Shee was. S. Juett Foster & his wife there. Son Lambd is 28 years old ys day. at my Sons. the Child is much as She has been. the remains of mr Floid were interd this day.  
2 3
Clear. Son Lambd took Breakfast here. his wife Came down, we went to See Hannah Ballard, find her more Comfortable. my Dagt Lambd is 28 years old ys day. at Son Jonas. Dagt Lambd Birthday.  
3 4
Clear. I went to See Nabby Andrews, find her in a viry Distressed Situation. Shee was tapt for the dropsy yesterday. I calld to see little Hannah, find her Some better, went again at Evn. at mr Andrews & my son. P. Bullin went up river to Survey.  
4 5
Clear till Evn when we had a shower. I have been gathering Beans & Pees in my gardin, am informd that mrs Andws is yet living. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.