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Monday, April 18, 2005

Essex Placenames in New England, USA

I seem to remember that it was Nancy Mitford who was responsible for the story of the English tourist in Rome being puzzled that the monuments all seemed to be named after London Cinemas. Likewise, tourists to Essex express their surprise that we seem to have named our towns and villages after towns in The States. The New England area of the states has a remarkable number of places named after placenames in Essex (over forty). I am indebted to Arthur Harrison for this list, which dates from the 1960s.

ESSEX County
Massachusetts, one of the oldest settlement areas, and containing Middleton and Topsfield, with Ipswich and Haverhill. (Chelmsford, Billerica and Malden are in the adjoining Middlesex County).
ESSEX County
Vermont
ESSEX
Middlesex County. Connecticut; set off 1852; population c3,500.
ESSEX
Essex County. Massachusetts; Settled 1634; incorporated 1819.
ESSEX
Chittenden County. Vermont chartered 1763, Settled1783.
B1LLERICA
Middlesex County. Massachusetts : Settled 1637; incorporated 1655; population c 11,000.
BRAINTREE
Norfolk County, Massachusetts; Settled 1634; incorporated 1640; population c 23,000.
BRAINTREE
Orange County. Vermont population c 620.
BRENTWOOD
Rockingham County. New Hampshire ; population c 800.
BURNHAM
Waldo County, Maine; population c 700.
CHELMSFORD
Middlesex County. Massachusetts; Settled 1633;incorporated 1655; population c 9,000.
COLCHESTER
New London County, Connecticut; Settled and incorporated 1699 : boro' 1824; population c 3.000.
COLCHESTER
Chittenden County, Vermont population c 4,000; onLake Champlain; iron mills and forge were established by 1783.
DANBURY
Fairfield County. Connecticut; Settled 1684; incorporated 1687; city 1889; population c 30,000.
DANBURY
Merrimack County, New Hampshire ; population c 500.
DEDHAM
Hancock County. Maine; population c 400.
DEDHAM
Norfolk County. Massachusetts; Settled 1635; incorporated 1636;Fairbanks House, 1636, is the oldest framehouse in the United States
EAST HAM
(nowadays EASTHAM). Barnstaple County. Massachusetts; Settled 1644; incorporated 1651; population c 800.
EASTON
Fairfield County. Connecticut : Settled ca 1757; population c 2,000.
EASTON
Aroostook County. Maine; incorporated 1864; population c 1600.
EASTON
Bristol County, Massachusetts; Settled 1694; i 1725; population c6,000.
EPPING
Rockingham County. New Hampshire : early settlement, set off from Exeter by 1741 : population c 1,800.
HADLEY
Hampshire County. Massachusetts : Settled 1659; incorporated 1661; population c 2,600.
HARWICH
Barnstable County. Massachusetts; Settled ca 1670;incorporated 1694; population c 2,600; formerly a whaling and shipbuilding town.
HATFIELD
Hampshire County. Massachusetts; Settled 1661 : setoff from Hadley 1670; population c 2.000.
MALDEN
Middlesex County. Massachusetts; Settled 1640; incorporated 1649 ; city 1881; population c 60,000.
MIDDLETON
Strafford County. New Hampshire : population c 250.
MIDDLETON
Essex County. Massachusetts; Settled 1659; organized 1728; population c 3,000.
NEW BRAINTREE
Worcester County. Massachusetts; population c 500.
NEWPORT
, Orleans County, Vermont; Settled 1793; chartered 1803; incorporated 1917; population c 5,000; the next town to the north is Stanstead, prov. of Quebec, Canada.
PLAISTOW
Rockingham County. New Hampshire ; incorporated 1749 (previously part of Haverhill, Massachusetts).
ROMFORD
Litchfield County, Connecticut; village and railway station; twenty miles north-west of Waterbury.
RUMFORD
Oxford County, Me; Settled 1774: incorporated 1800;population c 10,000.
RUMFORD
Providence County. R.incorporated ; settled as a Massachusetts town, but now part of East Providence, R.I.
SPRINGFIELD
Penobscot County. Maine; population c 400.
SPRINGFIELD
Hampden County. Massachusetts : Settled 1636;incorporated 1641; city 1852; population c 162.000; founded by William Pynchon of Springfield. Essex, England.
SPRINGFIELD
Sullivan County, New Hampshire : population c 300.
SPRINGFIELD
Windsor County. Vt : Settled before Revolution; population c 9,000
STANSTEAD
prov. of Quebec, Canada.
STRATFORD
Fairfield County : Connecticut : Settled 1639; population c 33,000.
STRATFORD
Coos County, New Hampshire : Settled 1772; population c 1,000; opposite Essex County. Vermont
TOPSFIELD
Washington County. Maine; village.
TOPSFIELD
Essex County. Massachusetts : Settled ca 1635 : incorporated 1648; population c 1,400.
UPTON
Oxford County. Maine : population c 100.
UPTON
Worcester County. Massachusetts; Settled 1728; incorporated 1735; population c 2,600.
WALDEN
Caledonia County, Vermont : population c 500.
WALTHAM
Hancock County. Me : population c 150.
WALTHAM
Middlesex County, Massachusetts : Settled 1634 ; setoff from Watertown 1738 : city 1884; population c 47,000.
WALTHAM
Addison County. Vermont population c 200.
WEATHERSFIELD
Windsor County, Vermont : Settled ca 1775; population c 1,300.
WETHERSFIELD
Hartford County. Connecticut : Settled 1634;population c 12,500; first ship launched in Connecticut, 1649.
WICKFORD
Washington County, R.incorporated ; Settled soon after1650 ; population c 2,400; oyster and lobster fisheries;fine 18th-century building
WOODFORD
Bennington County, Vermont : population c 200.

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