Martha Ballard's Diary, August 17 - 24, 1811

[17] 7
Clear. I have Bakt & made a Chees. Georg Andrews Reaping our wheat, he found 18 Eggs in ye field. he informd us of ye Death of Wilm Suell. at home. Death.  
[18] 1
Clear the most of the day, A Thunder Shower in ye aftern. Luke Barton & Theodore Ballard here, dind with us. at home. Luke & Theodore here.  
19 2
Clear. I have done work in hous & gardin, feel very weary. A mrss Butterfield here. Dagt Pollard Sent me Some yarn to knit. at home.  
20 3
Clear & very warm. Son Jona Sleeps here, his famelly are wel. he informd us that mrss Young Expired this day. at home. Death mrss Young.  
21 4
Clear till aftern when it began to Thunder and rain. the Remains of mrss Young were interd this aftern. mrs Andrews made me a present of 5-2/1 lb flower for which I feel greatfull. at home. Funeral mrss Young.  
22 5
Clear part of ye day & very warm. I have washt my Cloaths in 1 water, gathered mustard &C. Scolt my bed sted & bed roome. at home.  
23 6
Clear part of ys day, raind part. I have finisht my wash and washt the buttery. mr Ballard went to ye Settlement, Carried 4 Dozn Eggs & half [pisterae], got _ [tea] 1-2/1 Sugar and pint Spirit. at home, at home. Churned 1_ butr.  
24 7
Clear part of the day. I have done hous work & some in gardin. Son Ephm here, he Says his Son is unwel. he gave me 4-2/1 lb Lamb. at home, Son Epm here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.