1742 June 30 (Wednesday). Mr. Goddard went away early. Mr. Breck, Mr. Ballantine and Mr. Gay, from Shrewsbury this morning came and breakfasted with us and went off for Marlborough. P.M. My wife and I rode to Mr. Wheelers and to Mr. James Balls — visited the rest on the Hill. Marryed Joshua Johnson to Hannah Ball at her Fathers, where there was a good Entertainment and Considerable Company. A great Shower after fair and hot weather, So that our Hay was drenched again. We got home Comfortably at Eve. At Ensign Maynards (where we left Billy) was Mr. Gibbs of Hopkinton waiting to deliver me Mr. Barretts and Mr. Isaac Hows request that I would preach to said How on the Morrow if he shall be then alive. But Mr. Barrett is then to preach at Wrentham.
John Ballantine (1716-1776), Harvard 1735, minister at Westfield, 1741-1776; SHG, 9:468-72.
Ebenezer Gay (1718-1796), Harvard 1737, minister at Suffield, Connecticut, 1742-1796; SHG, 10:171-75.
James Ball (1695-1756) was among the original members of the church who signed the covenant, Oct. 28, 1724 (WCR, 379).
Hannah, dau. James and Sarah Ball, bapt. June 30, 1723 (MVR, 16).
There were several men by the name of Gibbs in Hopkinton at this time. Perhaps this was Jacob Gibbs at whose home there was a fast several years later on account of Mrs. Gibbs who was “in a miserable Condition by a Cancer in her Breast” (Sept. 18, 1746).