James Botsford Beers (October 16, 1811 - June 3, 1901) was a map publisher based in New York City in the second half of the 19th century. Beers was born in Newtown, Connecticut. He married Huldah Clarke (1813 - 1893) on August 30, 1835, in his hometown. They had five children in 18 years of marriage He lived in Brooklyn, New York, from about 1845 where he dealt in jewelry and gold pens. Beers started publishing maps in 1863, possibly inspired by the success of John Bute Holmes (1822 - 1887). In 1867, in partnership with A.D. Ellis and G.G. Soule, published his Atlas of New York and Vicinity, Many of his family members were also involved in the map trade, including his son Frederick William Beers (1839 - 1933), who joined the company in 1870, when it was renamed J. B. Beers and Company. Beers maintained offices at 36 Vesey Street and lived at 390 Pacific Street, Brooklyn. A news article published in the 1877 Brooklyn Times Union describes how he was pickpocketed on the ferry to Manhattan wherein a 100 USD gold watch was stolen.