Martha Ballard's Diary, March 10 - 17, 1812

10 3
Clear and very Pleast. Old mrs Stone & mrs Bennet here. I have been very unwel. Jona Junr Came from Clinton. at home, unwel.  
11 4
Snowd this morn. mr Livermore Came and Conducted me to See Sally Foy who is unwel. it Cleard away aftern. at Foys. Son Cyrus left here. Son Lambd here.  
12 5
Clear and Cold. mr Livermore Came to Foys & Conducted me home, his wife Came up with him and went to Doct Howards. I left Sally better than Shee was but not got to bed. lhe Boys brot my apples from our house, I Cutt & Stued parl of them, they are frozen. at Dittoes & mr Livermores, he and wife Came home with me.  
13 6
Clear and Cold. I have washt my roome, Cutt & Stued Some apples, feel Some fatagued. Dagt Ballard is Some better than Shee has been. mrss Partridg was here, informd me that Uncle Jeremy Learneds wife is dead. at home. Son Jona Came from Clinton.  
14 7
Clear and not So Cold. I have felt unwel. Sister Pollard Calld to See me. Luke Barton & Sopha Ballard Dind here. John Pierce & wife Sleep here. Lefaett Came home with his [teeme]. at home. Sist Pollard here. Son Pollard in Jail.  
15 1
Clear part of the day. I have been very unwel. mrs Smith & others here. at home, unwel.  
16 2
Cloudy & not very Cold. Dagt Ballard had Company. Rhoda and Saml Pollard Calld here at Evng, their Father Came out of jail. at home. Son Pollard Came out of jail.  
17 3
Birth Son Jonas 7th & 8th Sons.
Snowd all day. Dagt Ballard was in Labour, her women Calld after noone. Shee was Safe Deld between 2 & 3 pm of a Sone and aboul 3 pm of another Son. her Labour Severe but Shee & infants Seeme likely to do wel. the first born wd 5 & _ lb, the last 6 & _ lb. Shee has now been the mother of 8 Sons and 4 Dagts. at home. Births Son Jonas twins, 8th & 9th for this year. Abm Fields & wife Sleep here.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.