I would like to establish a separate category within the Essex County, Massachusetts category for those who lived in Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts between 1677 and 1819: "Chebacco Parish"
Even though the name is now obsolete, the category would reflect its relevance to contemporaries. This group formed in 1677, when a group of dissidents hired a new minister for themselves and began their efforts to secede from the church of Ipswich. During the course of their struggle for independence, they seem to have developed a separate, multi-generational communal identity, centered around the Chebacco Parish Church and recognized even by outsiders, who might say someone was from Chebacco, rather than from Ipswich. They finally managed to attain their independence from Ipswich in 1819, when they incorporated as the town of Essex, Massachusetts. At that point, Chebacco Parish effectively disappeared. So, although the history of Chebacco Parish is part of the history of both Ipswich and Essex, it also exists independently of either.
Will creating this new category cause any problems for the Categorization Project?