Hi, This is incredibly strange. I was born and raised on Canvey Island, Essex, England. It's about 40 miles directly east of London, England. The county name "Essex" in England is obviously connected to "Essex" county in MA, USA. I had no idea of this connection.. I was born in 1964.. I lived in MA, for about 6 months in 1988 and 1990 for some period because my wife was born in MA, USA. The irony is too much to bear!! Whoever, stated the connection to Gloustershire, is absolutely correct as there is village called Beckford nearby. And, there is a street in the middle of BATH (the famous town next to Bristol) called Beckford street. Simon Beckford.