Martha Ballard's Diary, May 16 - 22, 1801

16 7
Clear. I have been at home, done my hous work. Sister Barton assisted me. Shee mended a Coat, ristbanded a Shirt and mended Breaches for my husband. I made a Chees to day, Ephm returnd from weding. Saml Trask Sleeps here. at home. I am informd of ye death of one of Bror Jonas sone at Sea.  
17 1
Clear. mr Ballard went to meeting. Jona, his wife and Dagt went to the North Parrish to hear Jotm Sewall. Son & Dagt Lambard Calld here on their way home. Allin went home with them. Luke Barton Sleeps here. mr Ballard has Seen 76 years this day. Birth day. at home. Son & Dagt Lambd went home.  
18 2
Cloudy. mr Ballard Sett out at 11h morn to go and assist Wm Brooks & Epm Town aprise and [Divide] 2000 acrs of tand which lies between this [and] penobscott river to 7 heirs of the late Doct Geneson. Bror & Sister Barton and yr Son Luke left here after Dinner to go to hous keeping at mr Crages Shop. I wish them prosperity. Cyrus and Ephm have been makeing fence. I have been to Son Jonas with my Sister as Shee wint down. at Son Jonas. Doct Barton, his wife & Luke went from here to hous keeping.  
19 3
Clear. I have done my hous work, Churnd and Planted Beens, peas, Sowd Cabbage. Cyrus been to Sydna, Ephm to work on Capt Robinsons fraim. at home, Planted Beens &C.  
20 4
Clear, warm and very pleast. I have [done] my hous work, Boiled ye Beef pickle. Cyrus mowd Bushes, Ephm workt at Robinsons. at home.  
21 5
Clear till near night whin it raind and thundered. Sally Selvester Came here to work. we Cleand the Bed room and Bedstead. Cyrus went to take mr Lambards hors home. Ephm workt for Capt Robinson. at home. Sally Selvestr Came to help me.  
22 6
rainy. mr Ballard relurnd, Son Lambd Calld here. I have been at home, did part of my hous work. Sally washt, Ephm workt at Ditoes. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.