Essex, Mass. Chronology of
Weather phenomena, Disasters, and Epidemics


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This chronology covers some of the natural disasters which occurred in Essex.
See also the general history, or chronology of roads and buildings

YEAR

EVENT

1727

"Great Earthquake" aroused religious fervor, followed by Revival

1735

Great epidemic (diphtheria) of four years duration in New England

1744

Earthquake during church service, causing congregation to rush to the street. No damage to the building.

1748

Severe drought. "Fasting and Prayer Day" with special prayer meeting for rain.

1755

"Great Earthquake" - followed by "Great Religious Revival"

1762

Severe drought

1772

Severe epidemic of "Fever" (typhus); fifty persons died in 1772/3

1776

Diphtheria epidemic causing many families to lose all their children

1796

"Throat distemper" (diphtheria) epidemic

1816

Big blizzard on June 12th

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