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the dissolution of the county government in 1999, it had
two county seats: Salem, with jurisdiction over the
Southern Essex District, and Lawrence, with jurisdiction
over the Northern Essex District.
The county was created by the
General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 10,
1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation
within this jurisdiction be divided into four shires".
Named after the county inEngland, Essex then
comprised the towns of Salem, Lynn, Wenham, Ipswich, Rowley,
Newbury, Gloucester, and
Andover, which were
subdivided over the centuries to produce the modern
composition of cities and
County is famous as the area that Elbridge Gerry who was
born and raised in Marblehead districted into a
salamander-like shape in 1812 that gave rise to the word
of Amesbury, incorporated
1666 from Salisbury.
of Andover, incorporated
of Beverly, incorporated
1668 from Salem.
of Boxford, incorporated
1685 from Rowley.
of Danvers, incorporated
1757 from Salem.
of Essex, incorporated
1819 from Ipswich.
incorporated 1838 from
of Gloucester, settled
incorporated 1850 from Bradford.
of Hamilton, incorporated
1793 from Ipswich.
of Haverhill, founded
of Ipswich, established
of Lawrence incorporated
1847 from Methuen and
of Lynn, established
1629, named Lynn
incorporated 1814 from Lynn.
of Manchester-by-the-Sea, incorporated
of Merrimac incorporated
1876 from Amesbury.
of Methuen incorporated
1725 from Haverhill.
of Middleton incorporated
1728 from surrounding towns-Salem, Topsfield, Andover,
of Nahant incorporated
1853 from Lynn.
of Newbury founded
incorporated 1764 from
of North Andover
(original North Andover Parish), incorporated April 7,
of Peabody, incorporated
1855 from Danvers.
of Rockport, incorporated
1840 from Gloucester.
of Rowley, founded
of Salem, founded
of Salisbury, established
of Saugus, incorporated
1815 from Lynn.
incorporated 1852 from Lynn.
of Topsfield, established
of Wenham, settled
Newbury, incorporated 1819 from
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