There are no primary sources specific to the town of Essex on the website at this time. For a wider context see Essex County and Beyond Essex County. Visit Heritage at Home for a list of online resources from each of the towns of Essex County, including Essex.
Essex, Massachusetts was first settled by Europeans in 1634 when it was a part of Ipswich. This area was known as Chebacco Parish and was incorporated as the town of Essex in 1819. Relevant documents for Essex prior to 1819 may be found on the Ipswich page.