Amos Chase

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Amos Chase (1718–1818) was the first deacon of the first Congregational Church and one of the founders of Pepperellborough, ME (which is now Saco, ME).[1][2]

Amos Chase house, 144 Ferry Road, Saco, ME

Dea. Chase was one of the pioneers in the area. He first came to Saco in about 1734, and soon after the division of the Humphrey Scamman property in 1736, purchased a part of the estate at the lower ferry and built an ordinary (tavern) there. He kept the ferry for several years, and was one of the builders of the first bridge on the west side of Indian Island. He drove the first team of oxen to Buxton, ME, and moved there in 1741. His daughter was said to be the first white child born in Buxton. Due to Indian wars, he moved to Newbury in 1744, then back to Saco in 1753.[3][4][5][6]

The Saco River

He was chosen as selectman at the first town meeting of Pepperellborough in 1762. Chase was active during the Revolutionary War, serving on the town's first Committee of Correspondence and on its Committee of Inspection.[7][8][9]

He was a lumberman and farmer, and prominent in religious and civic matters relating to the town and the Saco River. Chase was one of the largest taxpayers in the area. He was described as "stately and commanding in figure, six feet in height, vigorous and erect even in old age, eloquent in conversation and pre-eminently so in prayer." "His tongue seemed oiled from root to tip expressing eloquence. I thought him the finest looking old man I ever saw, long hair down over his shoulders, white as snow..." Chase lived to be 100 years old.[7][10][11][12][13]

Chase's brother, Samuel Chase, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and served as a Supreme Court justice. Dea. Chase's house in Saco, ME still exists (as a private residence) and has been recently restored.[14][15][16][17]


  1. ^ Chase, Lonnie, “Chase-L Archives,” (, Retrieved 10 Feb 2011.
  2. ^ Scully, Jeffrey A. It Happened Right Here. More Than 365 Events That Shaped the Course of History in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach, Doodlebug Publishing, 1999.
  3. ^ ”York County Genealogy and Cemeteries – Buxton History,” (, Retrieved 10 Feb 2011.
  4. ^ Ridlon, Sr., G. T. Saco Valley Settlements and Families: Historical, Biographical, Genealogical, Traditional, and Legendary, Portland, ME, 1895, pp.105-6.
  5. ^ Owen, Daniel Edward. Old Times in Saco, 1891, p. 56, 70, 151.
  6. ^ Marshall, J. M. A Report on the Proceedings at the Celebration of the First Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Buxton, Maine, Held at Buxton, Aug. 14, 1872, pp. 41, 74, 82, 158-9, 236, 252, Dresser, McLellan & Co., Portland, Maine, 1874.
  7. ^ a b ”Note from the Chase Chronicles,” Oct. 1910 (, Retrieved 10 Feb 2011.
  8. ^ Folsom, George. History of Saco and Biddeford, Alex. C. Putnam, 1830, pp. 265-7, 276, 281.
  9. ^ Records of the Proprietors of Narraganset Township No. 1, Now the Town of Buxton, York County, Maine, August 1, 1733 to January 4, 1811, privately printed, Concord, NH, 1871, pp. 142, 147, 175, 185, 224, 253, 269-77(
  10. ^ Young, David Colby, “Selected Obits from Eastern Argus Portland, Maine 1825,” 1997, ( Retrieved 10 Feb 2011.
  11. ^ Owen, Daniel Edward. Old Times in Saco, 1891, p. 56.
  12. ^ Numerous entries, Diary of Rev. John Fairfield, in custody of Dyer Library & Saco Museum, Saco, ME.
  13. ^ York County, Maine Will Abstracts 1801-1858, p. 282.
  14. ^ Routhier, Ray. "Open House: Period Peace," Portland Press Herald, Jan. 22, 2012 (
  15. ^ Haley, John. "100 years ago," Biddeford Daily Journal, Jan. 22, 1899.
  16. ^ 1st Book of Records - Families in Pepperellboro, 1811.
  17. ^ Brooks, William Grant. "Under the Chase Elms," Stories in Song and Other Poems, Lewiston, ME, 1900.

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