Abigail Holland sold Ezra Merrill, a mariner, 3/4 of an acre in 1839 (333:259) and he built the present house shortly thereafter. The house was conveyed to his daughter, Kate M. Kimball, upon his death in 1901 (.1633:320).  An interesting feature in this house is the presence of an oven on the second floor, indicating that cooking was done here, suggesting that it may have been an early 2 family house.

Photo by the Ipswich Historical Commission circa 1980