Martha Ballard's Diary, March 18 - 26, 1812

18 4
Clear, Cold & windy. mrs Barden takeing Care of Jonas wife & Babes, I helpt Some. Field and wife left here for Molta. Wm Ballard Sett out for Clinton to Conduct Hannah and Sally home. at Thos Norcross.  
19 5
X. Birth Thos Norcross 1 Child. XX.
Clear and Cold. mrs Norcros was Deld at 5h am of a Son, her first Born. I left her and Child comfortable and arivd at home at 10 morn, receivd two Dollars in Sugar, Tea & Spirit. Son Jonas youngest inft is feeble. Hannah & Sally Came from Clinton. Son & Dagt Lambd here at Evng. at Ditoes. Birth 10th. receivd 12/.  
20 6
Clear. Dagt Pollard Came here. Son Jonas youngest inft Expired at 2h 30m Pm. I have felt not very. at home. Death of Son Jonas infant.  
21 7
Clear. I have not been able to Sett up but little, there has been a great number of people here this day. Jonas wife as wel as Can be Expected. at home.  
22 1
Clear and pleasant. I feel better for which I wish to bless the author. the funeral of Son Jonas infant was this aftern. our former minester, dear mr Stone, made a very apropriate prayer on the ocation. at home. Funeral Son Jonas [infant].  
23 2
Clear and pleasant. I have felt very feeble. Son Jona brot his wife from the East Chamber to the west roome, Shee Seems Comfortable. at home, feel feeble. we Churnd 1-2/1 lb Butter. 
24 3
Clear, A Cold wind. Sons Jona & Lambd, Linda Getchel, Jona Junr & Ephm Sett out for Clinton at 10h am. I have washt a fue things. at home, feeble. Jona went to Clinton.  
25 4
Cloudy part of the day. I have done Some washing but feel feeble yet. Sopha Lankester helpt Hannah. mrs Farewel Sleeps here. at home.  
26 5
Cloudy foren. I have finisht the little washing that I began on Tuesday. at home.  

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.