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Essex

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Essex
State:
Connecticut
County:
Middlesex County
Probate District:
33
Year Established:
1722
Year Incorporated:
1852
Form of Government:
Selectmen - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
29 West Avenue, Essex, Ct
860-767-4340 x129
Research Hours
M-F - 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Must ask Clerk for records
Web Address:
www.essexct.gov/

History Brief:
This is one of the towns formed from the 1635 Saybrook Colony, the patent rights of which were sold to the Connecticut Colony in 1644. A committee was appointed to quarter Saybrook, and on January 4, 1648, the north quarter at Eight Mile Meadows, or "Potopauge" was sold in lots to eight original proprietors. Settlements were under way by 1650. A church society, the second in Saybrook, was allowed in 1722 at "Center Sayebrooke," now Centerbrook. Potapoug was incorporated in 1820 as the Essex borough of Saybrook. In 1852, the General Assembly divided Saybrook into the town of Old Saybrook and the town of Saybrook. Old Saybrook was divided again in 1854 and the northern part set off as the town of Essex. In 1859, the Centerbrook and Ivoryton districts of Saybrook (later Deep River) were added to Essex. Town vital records begin 1852.
   
Other City Names (2)
Name:Eight Mile Meadow

Name:Potapoug
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Saybrook
 
Population (5)
Year:1860
Population:1764

Year:1900
Population:2530

Year:1950
Population:3491

Year:2000
Population:6505

Year:2010
Population:6683
 
Founding Families (3)
Surname:Hide

Surname:Lay

Surname:Pratt
 
Cemeteries (4)
Name:Centerbrook Cemetery (Central Burying Ground)
Location:Westbrook RD, Centerbrook
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=257769&CScnty=307&

Name:Grove Street Cemetery
Location:Grove ST, Essex
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2130017&CScnty=307&CSsr=21&

Name:Prospect Hill Cemetery
Location:Prospect Hill, rear of Baptist Church
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2130014&CScn=prospect+hill&CScntry=4&CSst=8&

Name:River View Cemetery
Location:96 North Main ST, Essex
Website:www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1622974&CScnty=307&CSsr=81&
 
Churches (9)
Name:All Saints Episcopal Church
Location:129 Main ST, Ivoryton
Website:www.allsaintsivoryton.org/

Name:Centerbrook Congregational Church
Location:Main Street, Centerbrook

Name:First Baptist Church in Essex
Location:10 Prospect ST, Essex
Website:www.fbcinessex.org/site/

Name:First Congregational Church in Essex UCC
Location:6 Methodist Hill
Website:www.essexucc.org/

Name:Ivoryton Congregational Church
Location:57 Main ST, Ivoryton

Name:Jesus Has Called Me Ministry
Location:7 Partridge Hill RD, Essex

Name:Our Lady of Sorrows Parish - Roman Catholic
Location:14 Prospect ST, Essex
Website:www.olos-sx.org/index.html

Name:St. John's Episcopal Church
Location:Main & Cross ST, Essex
Website:www.stjohnsessex.org/

Name:Trinity Lutheran Church ELCA
Location:109 Main ST, Centerbrook
Website:www.tlccenterbrook.com/
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (3)
Name:Centerbrook

Name:Essex Village

Name:Ivoryton
 
Historical Locations (1)
Name:Pratt House
Location:19 West AV, Essex
 
Notable Citizens (0)
No Data Available.
 
Newspapers (0)
No Data Available.
 
Schools (1)
Name:Essex Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:108 Main ST, Centerbrook
Website:www.essexct.gov/
 
Libraries (2)
Name:Essex Library Association
Type:Current
Location:33 West AV, Essex
Website:www.youressexlibrary.org/

Name:Ivoryton Library Association
Type:Current
Location:106 Main ST, Ivoryton
Website:www.ivoryton.com/
 
Published Histories (1)
Name:Potapoug Quarter: The First Settlers of Essex, Connecticut
Author:Stevens, Thomas A
Date Published:1984
Publisher:The Connecticut River Foundation at Steamboat Dock
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Connecticut Genealogy
Website Address:www.connecticut-genealogy.com/Essex-Genealogy.cfm
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Donald Malcarne
Contact Data:10 South Cove Lane
Essex, CT 06426
dmalcarne@snet.net

Name:Essex Historical Society
Contact Data:www.essexhistory.org/index.htm
P.O.Box 123, Essex, CT 06426
Phone: 860-767-0681
Email: Ehs@essexhistory.net
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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