Martha Ballard's Diary, March 24 - 31, 1803

24 5
Snowd. I have been at home about Soap makeing. Son Jona, his wife, Jason Pierce & his wife went to mr Gills & Lambds. mr Densmore removd his famely. at home. [Robd Forb and Sister went from here].  
25 6
Clear. I have finisht makeing Soape, have got three Barrils full and Some more. Colo Duttun here, paid the remainder of his taxes. at home, finisht makeing Soape.  
26 7
Snowd part of this day. I Slipt down and hurt my Self. Dagt Ballard & mrs Pierce in here. I finisht kniting a pair of hoes for Hannah Ballard. at home.  
27 1
Clear. mr Ballard, Cyrus & Ephm to Meeting at the meeting hous. Lydia Nudd to the N parrish. I feel my hurt so much that I tarried at home. at home.  
28 2
Clear. mrs Gill & Dagt Ballard Dind here. I accompanied them to my Sons aftern, we took Tea there. mr Gill & Lambard Came up at Evn for their wives. mr EbenZ Trask and his wife and Luthar Pierce Sleep there. at my Sons. Daugt Lambd had a pain in her head.  
29 3
Clear. I have been at home. mr Trask, his wife & Dagt Ballard here to Tea. mr Getchel Calld here. I began to foot a Stockin for Dolly Lambd. at home, had Company.  
30 4
Clear and very pleast. mr Ballard Sett out to go and See Doct Barton, he is going through the woods from Saml Churches. I have been at home, finisht footing Dolly Lambds Stockens. my Son Ephm has Seen 24 years ys day. Lydia has been to Son Jonas to Spin Some Tow on my wheal which they have there. at home. mr Bald is gone to Doct Bartons. Son Ephm is 24 years old ys day.  
31 5
Clear. mr Ballard returned from Doct Bartons, brot some pickeril; he left Brother more Comfortable. I have finished makeing my Cottne Shift. at home. mr Bald Came from Bror [Bartons].  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.