Ralph Merry IV journal
Thanks to the memoirs of Ralph Merry III’s son, the different steps involved in constructing the house are known.
On July 21, 1821, Ralph Merry IV, aged 35, wrote in his journal: “Our house is raised; it was brought from Capt. Lufkin’s today.” On the 23rd he added: “For the above house, frame & shingles to cover it, I gave my note for $40 a few days ago.” On August 25, stones arrived for the cellar, and on September 1, the cellar walls were completed by a Mr. Young.
Ralph Merry IV noted in his journal: “We have 2 men underpinning the house and they almost (sic) finish.” Two weeks later, he wrote: “We have part of our furniture in the new house and we begin to live in it yesterday. There was not a board on it till the 3rd of this month.”
Ralph IV was proud of this accomplishment. On November 9, he wrote: “Think how I was prospected in building our house, feel thankful and receive sacred joy anon. Surely I have cause of gratitude for the success we had in building which we suffered so much for…”