Note from the Chase Chronicles - Oct. 1910
DEACON AMOS CHASE OF SACO, MAINE.
"Deacon Amos Chase, son of Samuel and Hannah (Emery) Chase, was born
in Newbury, Mass., Jan. 15, 1718; died in Saco, ME., March 2, 1818.
He emigrated to Saco, Me., then called Pepperellboro, in honor of Sir.
William Pepperell Baronet, who owned a large tract of land, a portion
of which was granted for a "town settlement" about 1740.
Soon after coming to Saco he married Sarah, daughter of Samuel Cole.
Deacon Amos Chase of Saco, first came from Newbury, Mass., about 1734.
Not many years after the division of the H. Scammon estate, a part of
the property (1736) at the lower ferry was bought by Deacon Amos Chase
who built a house there called an "ordinary," and kept the ferry for
several years. About 1741 he attempted, with others, a settlement in
Narragansett No. 1 (Buxton) on a right belonging to his father. They
entered the plantation and began to fell trees and build log cabins
for shelter. It is not known how long Dea. Amos Chase and the others
remained, but all left at the commencement of the Cape Breton War.
Tradition says that Dea. Amos Chase drove the first team from the
plantation to Saco, and was the father of Rebecca Chase, the first
child born in the town, Buxton.
After leaving Buxton, he returned to Newbury, from which place he came
again to Saco, settling at the ferry in 1753. In 1763, he removed to
the estate two miles above, where he spent the remainder of his useful
life, and left a monument to his good taste and sense in the
magnificent elms that for years have stood where he planted them with
his own hands.
During the Revolutionary War, he was one of the Commissioners of
Correspondence and Safety, 1774 and 1776. The first Commission of
Correspondence was chosen Nov. 9, 1774, and was composed of Dea. Amos
Chase and others. A separate Com. of Inspection was chosen, consisting
of the same gentleman and two others, to see the several "Resolves of
the Continental, Provincial, and County Congress" be complied with.
Deacon Amos Chase was one of the largest tax-payers. He was one of the
original members of the congregational Church, formed Oct. 1762, and
one of its first deacons. He was without doubt one of the fruits of
the great religious revival beginning in 1735 at Newbury under
Jonathan Edwards, continued by Whitfield, Tennant and others.
"Deacon Amos Chase was 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."
The following extract is from a letter of Benjamin F. Chase, a
relative, 80 years old, living in Wisconsin:
"I used to hear old people say that our ancestor, Deacon Amos Chase,
of Saco, was in some respects a remarkable man, gifted in conversation
and eloquent 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, and dressed in
old-style breeches, without suspenders."
>From a paper dated July 17, 1817, we copy the following: -
On Thursday, the 17th, Pres. Monroe and suite returning from Portland
to Biddeford, was entertained at the rural seat of Geo. Thatcher,
where many of our citizens were assembled to meet him. Among them was
Deacon Amos Chase, aged 99 years. When introduced he said, " He had
almost completed his century, had ridden 3 miles (on horseback to see
and take by the hand the President of the United States, the first
officer of the nation, requiring no other guard than the affection of
a free and happy people, delighting to honor the man of their choice."
"May God bless you, direct you by His wisdom, and counsel you in the
great and arduous duties of your exalted station. May you be in the
means in the hand of God of uniting all in exertions for the best good
of our common country, and long be continued a rich blessing to the
people, and like Joshua of old, lead them to honor and glory."
The appearance of the patriarch, with his long, flowing hair, was of a
man long acquainted with the world and its customs. In his blessing he
appealed to our Creator in strains of eloquence and feeling almost
The feelings of everyone present were strongly affected, and not the
least so was the illustrious guest."
He died March 2, 1818, having overlapped his century by 1 month, 18