Martha Ballard's Diary, October 29 - November 2, 1802

29 6
Clear, a great frost. I left mrs Duttun at 7h m, her Babe is unwell. I have been unwell, Sally Church helpt me. I have paid her 4/ for what Shee has done for me this weak. I was Calld about Sun Sett to go and assist to put on the grave Cloaths for mrs Duttun who is now Expired. her husband is Come to see her, arivd before Shee was diad. mrs Arnald & Cypher & Betsy Church assisted me to perform what was Done, the Babe is very unwell. at Detoes. mrs Duttun Expird.  
30 7
Clear. I tarried till aftern and returnd home with mr Ballard who was returning from Surveying. I have Sufered much with my malladies in the Coars of this weak, but God has held me up to perform for others. Sist Barton & mrs Emry Came here on a visit. at Ditoes.  
31 1
Cloudy & some rain. we all went to the funeral of mrs Duttun, Jonas famely allso. mr Wilboro Prayed [&] Deld a discoars on ye ocation. at didoes.  
1 2
rainy. Sister of mrs Emry here, did the most of my hous work. I have been very unwell. at home.  
2 3
Clear. my friends left here. I have not been well. Sally Church washt for me. Calvin Ballard Calld here, Son Jona allso; he informd that mr Duttuns inft Expird is buried ys day. at home. Calvin Ballard here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.