Martha Ballard's Diary, November 17 - 27, 1801

[17] 3
Cloudy and moderate. I have been at home, Sewd on wolen Sheets and Cut Some apples. Jonas wife here, Old mrs Rhead allso. at home. Son Lambd to Breakfast here.  
18 4
rainy. I have been at home. at home.  
19 5
rainy Part of the day. I helpt wash and pulld Some french Turnips; was Sick at night. at home.  
20 6
Clear. mr Waid Bulchered Cyruss Cow. I helpt Clean the tripe & feet. mr Ballard returnd from Fairfield. at home. mr Ballard returnd.  
21 7
Clear. I have been at home mending Shirts for Ephm and doing Some other matters. at home.  
22 1
Clear and Pleast morn, Cloudy aftern. mr Ballard and Patty to meeting. Shee went to mr Gills, Cyrus went after her at Evng. Sons Lambard, Jon a & Ephm went to Sidney. Son Town Came here, informs me that Lucy is better. at home. Son Town Sleeps here.  
23 2
Cloudy part of ye day. I have been at home. we Bakt mins Pies. mr Ballard went to hook. at home.  
24 3
rainy. I have been at home. we Bakt some Pies & wheat bread. mr Ballard been Twice to ye Settlement. I Salted our Beef and Cut apples and Brewed. Son Jona is unwell. at home, we Bakt. Saml Braley had a Son Born.  
25 4
Clear and Cool. I have washt the Bullery, kitchen & N rooms and helpt make apple pies, and done other things. Son Jona Supt with us, he is not very well. mr C. Vaughn here. at home. Jobe Springer had a Son Born.  
26 5
Clear. mr Ballard attended meeting. my Children Dind with us, Hitty Pierce allso. they, with Pally Town, spent ye Evng at Son Jonas; Except Cyrus, he is not very well. Jonas Childn all here. my Dagts brot their Babes. at home. Thanksgiving day. our Childn to see us. Hitty Sleeps here.  
27 6
Cloudy, raind at Evn. Sons Pollard, Jona and their wives Dind here, [    ] Pierce allso. Jona, Le faett & Hannah, Son Pollard & wife went home after noon. at home. [    ] of our Childn Dind here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.