Martha Ballard's Diary, February 1 - 3, 1801
Clear and pleast. I was Calld to See John Davis al my sons, he apears
to have the Symtoms of the near aproach of Death. Doct Cony
& Colman were Calld. his Constitucion Seemd So far Spent
that he was not able to take medisin. he had Severe Spasms which
were relievd by Salt and water only, he revivd a little. Revd
mr Stone was invited to See him after meeting. he made a well
adopted prayer on the Ocation. I tarried thro the night with the
Child, Doct Colman allso.
at my Sons to See John who we were aprehensive was
near the Close of life.
Clear and very Pleast. I left my Sons fore n. Came home, took Care
of my business. was Calld again aftern to my sons, find John
apparently near the Close of life. Doct Colman there, administring
a decoction of the pink beet without affect. I tarried all
night, the Father and Doct Colman allso. mrss Saunders
Calld to watch. I laid down by ye fire at
11, was Calld on at midnight when an alteration in the patients
breathing took place. it was not able to Swallow after that
nor had it any great struggle. its life went out as
at my sons, tarried again this night. I am informd
that Dagt Pollard has had trouble with one of her Breasts.
Cloudy and Some Snow. John, the Son of J. V. Davis, Expired this
morn at 1h 10m. mrss Saunders, Oliv Fletcher and my
Self put on the Grave Cloaths, finisht the performance at 3. Doct
Colman Conducted me home at 6. I went on the bed
and Slept. Mr Ballard went to Colo Duttuns for hay. Bill Cypher
went with the Team.
at my sons. John Expired at 1h 10m ys morn. Æ 2 years, 7 months & 13 days.
he was a promising Child, how oft are our Expectations Cut off.
Source: www.doHistory.org. Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.