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The Diary Of Martha Ballard, 1785-1812
by Martha Moore Ballard
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Virginia Beach Genealogy Society Newsletter
"A massive project. Genealogists should be delighted.
Maine Genealogical Society Special Pub. No. 10. Transcribed by Robert R. McCausland and Cynthia MacAlman McCausland. Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. 992 pp. 38,000 entry Every Name Index, plus added indexes of places and subjects and a medical glossary. 1998 (1992) Martha Ballard made almost ten thousand daily entries during her three decades as a midwife. She reported on all 814 deliveries she attended in the Kennebec River Valley towns of Hallowell, Augusta, and vicinity; on numerous marriages and deaths; on the multitude of daily joys and cares, gossip and crops, meetings with strangers and acquaintances; and the activities of her large extended family.
This is one of the few 18th century diaries by an American woman, and one of the most interesting diaries ever. If you are interested in colonial Maine, in colonial women, in diaries in general, or in women's rights and activities in particular, this book is for you!
The story of Martha Ballard has been chronicled on television through the PBS stations. If you have seen this movie, you will surely want to read the diary.
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