Jacob Chace Jr. (January 27, 1819 - February 18, 1903) was an American surveyor, civil engineer, and map publisher. Born in North Hoosick, New York, Chace became one of the most prolific creators and publishers of county maps of the northeastern United States in the mid-19th century. He was involved in the production of large-format county maps, published mostly between 1854 and 1860. Many of these counties were in Maine, but he also produced maps of Vermont and New York. The historical record is unclear about when Chace died. Many references state that he died in 1864 while Ambrose F. Church was working for him to create a map of Nova Scotia. However, references to a Jacob Chace surveying towns for maps of Virginia and North Carolina appear in newspaper columns in the 1870s and 1880s. Another discrepancy appears to be that Chace apparently used the last name Chase from time to time. He also had siblings that spelled their last name Chase. This flexibility in spelling also may account for the inconsistencies in the historical record. Per our research, Chace died in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 18, 1903.



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