Martha Ballard's Diary, April 24 - May 2, 1787

24 3
Clear. mr Ballard Ploughd the gardin. mrs Ellis here. I have been at home.   
25 4
Clear. I have been at home. mr Ballard & mr Joseph Foster Reckoned. mrs Williams & Peggy Cool here. Hannah Cool went to Varsalboro yesterd & returnd to Day. Mr John Taylor & Sons went from here.   
26 5
Birth. Nathan Tylors Dafter. XX. Receivd nothing.
I was Calld at 2 O Clok to Nathan Taylors wife in Travil, found her Dilivrd of a Dafter. Doct Williams operator. very rainy. I tarried till morn then Sett out on foot, walkt to the Bridg Below mr Kenidays when Tylor Came up with a hors. I rode home, arivd at 7 much fatagud. Jono & Saml Dicky had a quarrel; what a Shame it is. CapT Nichols & his Son Jonathan here this morn going to CobessiContee.   
27 6
Clear. I have been unwell. mr Ballard is at mr Emersons makeing Raites. mr Heigns Learned Dind here, old mrs Whelor also. Polly Savage here just at Evinng. Benn Brown & wife here.   
28 7
Clear. we Began our garden. mr Ballard at Savages mending the Spade. Ellis Bisbee Brot Loggs. I have been at home. the Towns and the Bisbees & [      ] Dind here. Nathan Howard Brt Loggs.   
29 G
Cloudy & rain. mr Town & Howard went from here for Winslow. Hannah Cool went to meeting. I feel unwell. Did not atend worship in Public.   
30 2
Cloudy, a Shower at Evinng. mrs Bisbee & Polly here. the old Lady Dind. I went to Doct Colmans with her. mr Learned & mr Stephens Dind, old mr Hardin also, and informs he has Lost his Best Cow; a heavy loss. Pamela is gone to mr StephensS at winthrop.   
1 3
a rain. I have been at home. mr Ballard to Doct Coneys. mr Ingraham had 1/2 Bushl flax Seed. mr Leighton Sleeps here, informs that Joseph Ben Fillbrokss Hous is Burnt & most of his goods.   
2 4
Clear. I have Been at home, Combd 9 lb of Flax. mr Ballard Ploughd. Haigns Learned Dind here. we had 103 lb 1/2 of Beef of Danl Robbins. Dolly went for Current Bushes. Polly Fletcher, mrs Harris & Wiman here. Sally Webb had 1 lb of fatt for mrs Porter.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.