What is now present-day Essex, Massachusetts was the home of some of my Perkins ancestors. Back then, it was known as Chebacco Parish and considered part of Ipswich.
The present town's web site is at http://www.essexma.org/pages/index.
I wasn't able to visit Essex on my last trip to New England, although I did manage to visit Ipswich. I have, however, appreciated some of your blog posts about Essex and its environs. Heather Rojo had a post about the shipbuilding industry there a couple of years ago.
There is a 1782 list of householders of Chebacco Parish online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~macessex/census/cen1782a.htm. It was transcribed by Kurt Wilhelm. Many surnames present on the list appear in my family tree: Perkins, Andrews, Burnham, Story, Cogswell, and Eveleth.