>. Johnny Appleseed… “I, John Chapman (by occupation a gatherer and planter of apple seeds),” begins a deed from the Fort Wayne days. He liked to plant on quarter-sections set aside for the support of the first schools, or might do so on an existing farm if the owner agreed to share what grew. John was the second of three children. That spring, or another, he was so impatient to get an early start downriver that he set his canoe on a block of ice on the Allegheny, where it would not be crushed in the jams, and fell asleep and floated a hundred miles or so before he bothered to wake up. He seems to have come this first time on foot with a horseload of seeds. To his credit, Chapman, who seems to have been friendly with the Quakers of Ohio, too, was able to recognize this. He did use snuff, however, and would sip a dram of hard liquor to warm up in cold weather—if one can generalize fairly about his conduct from isolated instances of testimony about five decades of such intense and fervent activity. He was buried near Fort Wayne. He took an untheatrical view of the hereafter, however—a place he didn’t think would be all that different in geography or its earthly occupations from the world he lived in. The Legend of Johnny Appleseed If you have visited Apple Holler Farm Park recently, you will have seen and perhaps taken part in the Johnny Appleseed History Walk. Saint Francis established a Roman Catholic group that cares for the poor and the sick. Holding a six-year-old child on his lap, he would speak of some day having a “pure wife in heaven.” He seems to have imagined that it might be possible to adopt an orphan of about that age and raise her up to be just such a wife, even on earth. During his forties he traveled less, but even after he had lost most of his land and had renewed his vows of poverty-moving west again with horseloads of apple seeds to the Miami and Tiffin rivers—he came back to Perrysville to winter with family and friends. In good weather he slept outside; otherwise he would lie down on the floor close to the door of the cabin, as he “did not expect to sleep in a bed in the next world.” But one can picture the suppers of applesauce, apple pie, apple Strudel, apple dumplings, apple turnover, apple cider, apple butter, and apple brown betty he was served by farm wives who had settled in the vicinity of his nurseries. He had long dark hair. Although he would sometimes buy a worn-out horse to save it from mistreatment, boarding it with one of his friends for the winter—and though he scoured the woods in the fall for lame horses that the pioneers, packing their way through the country, had abandoned—apparently he believed that riding the beasts was discourteous to them, and he only employed a horse to carry his bags of seeds or, late in his life, to drag an old wagon. Johnny Appleseed. In his earthly life,” Ophia D. Smith noted in a centennial tribute by Swedenborgians in 1945, “Johnny Appleseed was a one-man circulating library, a oneman humane society, a one-man [medical] clinic, a one-man missionary band, and a one-man emigrant-aid society.” But because of the distance that separates us, and as a result of the void in scholarship until Robert Price’s biography in 1954—the fact that for many years historians simply ignored him as a character fit only for children’s stories—we can’t make a good estimate of the quality of his mind. (Five pennies per sapling was the price at the time.) He liked to read from the Christian holy book, the Bible. Like the plainsmen and mountainmen, he was a man still “with the bark on,” but apples were his particular witness to God, and apples do not grow well on the Great Plains. They paused in the Wilkes-Barre region for a year or two, then may have ventured south to the Potomac in eastern Virginia and dawdled along from there toward Port Cumberland, then, via Braddock’s Road, to the Monongahela, and on by 1797 to Pittsburgh, during what was now John Adams’ presidency. He stopped to establish a planting a couple of miles below town, and probably another at the mouth of the Muskingum, at Marietta, near where his father had settled the year before. Odd as he was—with the gossip that trailed him hinting that earlier in life he may have been kicked in the head by a horse—he seems almost to have passed for a solid citizen here. Through these oak, hickory, and beech forests hogs ranged, as well as cattle, and there were great flocks of passenger pigeons, and wolves, which the more brutal pioneers skinned alive and turned loose to scare the rest of the pack. In a way, his name is as durable as Andrew Jackson’s, who died in the same year, but he has been remarkably neglected by the historians, probably because he conforms to none of the national stereotypes and illustrates nobody’s theories. Some people gave him clothing as payment for his apple trees. Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage. Others he hurried back to, hearing that a herd of cattle had broken in. This ancient apple tree lives on a farm in Nova, Ohio, where Johnny Appleseed is believed to have planted an entire orchard of Rambo apple trees in 1830, and indeed still produces fruit [source: American Forests]. In Steubenville, Cincinnati, and Urbana, Ohio, he knew the leading New Church Swedenborgians, and between his arrival in central and northern Ohio and the time of his death, Swedenborgian societies sprang up in at least twelve of the counties there, many individuals testifying that it was Chapman, the colporteur of Christian literature, who had first “planted the seed.”. His mother died when he was very young, and his father moved to Longmeadow, Mass., and remarried. He fought British troops in the battle of Concord in seventeen seventy-five. Even today, some people still claim they are Johnny Appleseed. He is more typical of the frontiersmen we remember. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774, according to Biography. Not everyone knows that Johnny Appleseed was a real person, and while the tales surrounding him are large, they pale in comparison to the truth. They were easy to grow and store for use throughout the year. By middle age, he didn’t hesitate to introduce himself to strangers as “Johnny Appleseed,” enjoying his notoriety, but before accepting hospitality he would make sure there was plenty of food in the house for the children. He would never sit down until he was sure that their children had enough to eat. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. And as an entrepreneur with considerable foresight about the eventual patterns of settlement, he allowed himself to be utterly clipped and gypped in matters of real estate through much of his life. That Jonathan Chapman His travels lasted more than forty years. —From a report of the Society for Printing, Publishing and Circulating the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Manchester, England, January, 1817. Playing next. His birthplace has a granite marker and a billboard, streets and schools bear his name and a wooden statue of him stands in City Hall. Yet he was a successful businessman. He felt comfortable with children, and probably wistful, particularly with girls. In more saccharin accounts, professional romancers reported that apple blossoms tapped at his window when he was born and strewed themselves over his grave when he died. On this day in 1845, John Chapman died having made a fortune planting apple saplings on the American frontier. Saxophone players, clerical workers, hair stylists, “anti-heroes,” ladies dressed for the office, partially disrobed ladies, vacationers fussily dashing into an airport taxi, all are likely to wear cowboy boots, jack boots, ski boots, sandhog boots, desert boots, with kinky belt buckles that broadcast a physical vigor and spiritual sadism the wearer doesn’t really even aspire to feel. Yet Johnny Appleseed, too, has survived simply as a folk figure of whom little is known, as a memory fuzzy in outline, mainly inscribed in children’s literature and turn-of-the-century romances and poetry or Louis Bromfield novels. Yet somehow, despite his eccentric demeanor, he was remarkably effective in the impression he made, “some rare force of gentle goodness dwelling in his looks and breathing in his words,” as W. D. Haley wrote in, In good weather he slept outside; otherwise he would lie down on the floor close to the door of the cabin, as he “did not expect to sleep in a bed in the next world.” But one can picture the suppers of applesauce, apple pie, apple Strudel, apple dumplings, apple turnover, apple cider, apple butter, and apple brown betty he was served by farm wives who had settled in the vicinity of his nurseries. He spouted Biblical language, according to at least one witness, though inevitably there were some false alarms: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he hath anointed me to blow the trumpet in the wilderness, and sound an alarm in the forest; for behold, the tribes of the heathen are round about your doors, and a devouring flame followeth after them.” This is the self-dramatist in him that made Casey Jones, John Henry, and Davy Crockett heroes also. Reports from that period suggest that some native Americans believed he was "touched by God." People began calling him Johnny Appleseed. Often he shucked corn, split rails, and girdled trees for his keep. Johnny Appleseed is the main protagonist from the Legend of Johnny Appleseed, a segment of the 1948 Disney package film Melody Time. He gave little gifts of tea when he had money, but probably didn’t drink it himself, preferring a biblical drink of milk or milk and honey. Along came 10 ha… He has actually thawed the ice with his bare feet. Johnny Appleseed is a major cultural icon here in Fort Wayne. YOU CAN STILL VISIT ONE OF HIS TREES. Arriving at a house where he was known, he happily stretched out on his back on the floor near the door, with his head on his knapsack and his feet tilted up against the log wall. Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman in Leominster, Mass., on Sept. 26, 1774. More important, he respected and sympathized with them at a time when many white woodsmen shot them on sight like vermin, to clear the woods, or else humiliated them by catching their horses and tying sticks in their mouths and clapboards to their tails and letting the horses run home with the clapboards on fire. From Toledo he traveled west up the Maumee River toward Indiana, working the banks of its tributaries—the Blanchard, the Auglaize, the St. Mary’s—the population of Ohio, meanwhile, having vaulted from 45,000 in 1800 to 580,000 in 1820. I'm Faith Lapidus. Last year, an 89-year-old woman said she had wanted to see the last Johnny Appleseed tree her whole life. That he walked Alone.… Removing his discolored Bible and Swedenborgian tracts from the pouch he created for them inside his smock by tying his belt tightly, he would ask with exuberance, “Will you have some fresh news right from Heaven?” While the men smoked or fleshed a fox skin and the women cooked or quilted, he read and extemporized, his voice now roaring scriptural denunciations of evil, now soft and soothing. What saved them, it’s said, is that while John hiked out to earn money for food, some passing Indians luckily dropped in on his brother and provisioned him and taught him to hunt. Then, he planted his seeds in a straight line and built a fence around them. Various myths have him continuing on to the Ozarks, to Minnesota, to the foothills of the Rockies. This was an action he said he always regretted. He was famous for his gentleness and bravery. Yet somehow, despite his eccentric demeanor, he was remarkably effective in the impression he made, “some rare force of gentle goodness dwelling in his looks and breathing in his words,” as W. D. Haley wrote in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine for November, 1871, in the first biographical sketch which brought Johnny Appleseed to national attention. There have been various speculations regarding Johnny Appleseed’s death. Despite his small roach of a beard, unkemptly clipped, and his dark horny feet and deliberately apostolic costume, he kept himself clean, and “in his most desolate rags” was “never repulsive,” his acquaintances reported. No camera captured him — commercial photography was in its infancy when he died in 1845, particularly on the frontier. That is, he had been a mystic before, and he ended his days in Indiana as a kind of landmark, with the “thick bark of queerness” still on him, thoroughly a mystic again. He was an exceedingly vigorous soul, doubtless a whiz at wielding an axe (one posthumous legend has him competing with Paul Bunyan). Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, and at the time of his death, Appleseed was 70 years old. In 1830, just after the future city of Fort Wayne had been platted, he is said to have landed on the waterside from the Maumee in a hollow log filled with seeds. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1774 and died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1845. They could be eaten raw, cooked or dried for eating during the winter. The fence helped to keep the young trees safe from animals. His eyes were black and bright. Another time he announced that two female spirits had shown themselves to him and told him they would be his wives in the afterlife, bidding him abstain until then. Others called him a great medicine man. Which makes sense: Grapes do not grow well in much of the region, but apples? With this canoe trip, apparently, his fame began. We don’t really know how hard he worked, because, set against this picture of a religious zealot for whom apple trees in their flowering were a living sermon from God, is the carefree master of woodcraft who supposedly strung his hammock between treetops and lazed away the pleasant days. But it would be a good guess to say that he accepted the 1819 recession as a lesson that he was intended to be an appleman, not a speculator, and an instrument of the bounty of God. After the article in, His life had extended from the battle of Bunker Hill to the inauguration of James K. Polk as president; and the last person who claimed to have seen Johnny Appleseed with his own eyes didn’t die until just before World War II. 7 Facts About Johnny Appleseed. First, he would find rich, fertile land in an open area. But he liked to joke that Hades at its worst wouldn’t be worse than “smoky houses and scolding women” or “Newark,” a raunchy Ohio border settlement. In any case, the experience may have estranged the two. The young buck strenuously logging, snowshoeing, existing on butternuts in the French Creek period, must have been quite a different figure from “Johnny Appleseed” practicing his kindnesses and charities during the two and a half decades he lived in Ohio and brought apples to Ashland, Bucyrus, Cohocton, Findlay, New Haven, Van Wert, and many another town on giveaway terms. Some of these little gardens he never bothered to hunt up again, confident that the settlers would discover them. But Alien County lies at the watershed separating the Wabash, flowing to the Mississippi, from the Maumee, flowing toward Lake Erie and eventually the St. Lawrence, so it is appropriate that Johnny stopped here. He did not leave them just anywhere. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman (26 Sep 1774–18 Mar 1845), Find a Grave Memorial no. Nova, Ohio, is home to a 176-year-old tree, the last … We thought we would go a bit deeper into The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and give you a peek into who the real man was. JOHNNY APPLESEED. He was strongly influenced by the Swedish scientist and Christian thinker, Emanuel Swedenborg. Both settlers and native Americans liked him. He planted apple seeds in several areas near a place called Licking Creek. 1848, citing Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave . He also criticized people who wasted food. On the Whetstone River, near the Clear Fork of the Mohican, the Vandorn boys helped him build a fourteen-by-sixteen-foot cabin for wintering over, impressed at how fearlessly he slept on top of a windfall as the wolves and owls howled. In the gaudy parade of liars, killers, pranksters, boasters and boosters that fill up B. Chapman was seventy years old. Johnny Appleseed was born September 26, 1775 in Leominster, Massachusetts, the second child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Simonds) Chapman. He liked to hear the wolves howl around him at night and was unafraid of bears, yet reportedly slept without shelter one snowy night, rather than roust out of hibernation a mother bear and her cubs who had crept into a hollow tree that he had intended using. After Johnny Appleseed died there were stories published about him, and festivals held in his honor all over the United States. If many people never paid him for the seedlings he distributed so diligently, others returned his kindness by their hospitality to him as he passed back and forth. John and his older sister moved to Longmeadow with their father and his new wife. That summer and fall, with his woodcraft and marathon-endurance, John Chapman fulfilled a hero’s role, once racing thirty miles from Mansfield to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to summon reinforcements and arouse the white settlers to the peril posed by General William Hull’s surrender to British forces at Detroit. He sold, traded and planted in other areas. The man who shaped the nursery field that we know of today and also helped conserve plantation, Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774. But for a few years in central Ohio apparently he tried to become a practical man. A man has appeared who seems to be almost independent of corporal wants and sufferings. In 1806—and perhaps the prettiest of all of the memories of John Chapman that have survived—he was noticed by a settler in Jefferson County, on the Ohio, drifting past in two canoes lashed together and heaped with cider-press seeds, both craft being daubed with mud and draped with moss to keep the load moist. On his head, he wore a metal container for a hat. 1 Appearances 1.1 Melody Time 1.2 Walt Disney anthology series 1.3 House of Mouse 1.4 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True 2 … Free subscription >>, Please consider a donation to help us keep this American treasure alive. He planted on loamy, grassy ground, usually at riverside, constructing a fence of the brush and trees that he had cut down, and girdling any bigger trees that stood near enough to cast their shade over the soil. He died, unmarried, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana March 18 1845. He said people in the future would remember his life and work. His father, Nathaniel, was a carpenter and a farmer who earned modest wages with which to support his wife, Elizabeth, and his children. After a few years, Chapman left the hills of western Pennsylvania and traveled west into the Ohio Valley. The Stalking Indian, His father, Nathaniel Chapman, served in America's war for independence. John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), better known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. Often the only alcoholic beverage available in frontier settlements was cider. Everywhere he traveled, he was welcomed. Johnny struck the creature, killing it. The older Chapman, though a captain in time of war, had been an indifferent provider, and died in 1807. Johnny Appleseed, byname of John Chapman, (born September 26, 1774, Leominster, Massachusetts—died March 18?, 1845, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.), American missionary nurseryman of the North American frontier who helped prepare the way for 19th-century pioneers by supplying apple-tree nursery stock throughout the Midwest. John Chapmann, better known by his nickname "Johnny Appleseed", died and is buried near Fort Wayne Indiana sometime between 1845 and 1849. What would a conventional movie-maker do with a vegetarian frontiersman who did not believe in horseback riding and wore no furs; who planted fruit trees in praise of a Protestant God, and gave much of his money away to impoverished families he met; who would “punish” one foot that had stepped on an angleworm by walking with it bare over stony ground and regretted for years killing a rattlesnake that had bitten him in the grass; who would douse his campfire when mosquitoes fell into it? Swedenborg himself had said, “All things in the world exist from a Divine Origin— clothed with such forms in nature as enable them to exist there and perform their use and thus correspond to higher things.” So the Swedenborgian spirit-world of souls and angels coexistent with a natural world, in which the true order of Creation had been diverted by man’s misapplication of his free will from the love of God to his own ego, quite corresponded, as far as it went, with the Indians’ view. The legend of Johnny Appleseed's travels didn't become very popular until a year after he died. He was quick-talking and restlessly energetic as a visitor, but wind-beaten, hollow-cheeked, and gaunt-looking from eating so little and walking so far. He found shelter in an old tree that had fallen to the ground. We think of the swaggering, unscrupulous prototype frontiersman who bushwhacked Indians and scouted for the Long Knives, the mountainman who went into the bush with two horses and a squaw, and in order to live, ate his pack horse in January, his saddle horse in February, and his sad squaw in March. Then, he cleared the land, carefully removing unwanted plants. His mother Elizabeth became sick with tuberculosis and died a short time after the birth of her third child. Johnny Appleseed Birth Date September 26, 1774 Death Date c. March 18, 1845 Place of Birth Leominster, Massachusetts Place of Death Fort Wayne, Indiana AKA … Yet he never hurt these creatures. When he sold apple seedlings, he liked to be paid with an IOU, scarcely having any use for money except to give it away to needy families, and left to God and the debtor’s own conscience the question of whether he was finally paid. During his travels, some families asked Johnny to join them for a meal. There, he planted apple seedlings that grew and produced crops. In the tree, he discovered a mother bear and her cubs. By 1816 Persis had moved with her family from Marietta to Perrysville, on the Mohican’s Black Fork. Scarcely a year after the birth of John, his second child, the father left to fight in the Revolution as one of the original Minutemen, first at Bunker Hill in 1775, then with General Washington’s army in New York the next year, wintering at Valley Forge in 1777-78. As a result of stories and poems about Chapman's actions, Johnny Appleseed became an American hero. Johnny Appleseed was the nickname earned by John Chapman, a Massachusetts-born nurseryman and orchardist, who planted more than 100,000 square miles of orchards across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. , served in America 's war for independence another time, the seeds were planted on land owned by farmer. American Heritage has been the leading magazine of U.S. History, politics and... 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He seems to have come this first time on foot with a horseload of seeds. To his credit, Chapman, who seems to have been friendly with the Quakers of Ohio, too, was able to recognize this. He did use snuff, however, and would sip a dram of hard liquor to warm up in cold weather—if one can generalize fairly about his conduct from isolated instances of testimony about five decades of such intense and fervent activity. He was buried near Fort Wayne. He took an untheatrical view of the hereafter, however—a place he didn’t think would be all that different in geography or its earthly occupations from the world he lived in. The Legend of Johnny Appleseed If you have visited Apple Holler Farm Park recently, you will have seen and perhaps taken part in the Johnny Appleseed History Walk. Saint Francis established a Roman Catholic group that cares for the poor and the sick. Holding a six-year-old child on his lap, he would speak of some day having a “pure wife in heaven.” He seems to have imagined that it might be possible to adopt an orphan of about that age and raise her up to be just such a wife, even on earth. During his forties he traveled less, but even after he had lost most of his land and had renewed his vows of poverty-moving west again with horseloads of apple seeds to the Miami and Tiffin rivers—he came back to Perrysville to winter with family and friends. In good weather he slept outside; otherwise he would lie down on the floor close to the door of the cabin, as he “did not expect to sleep in a bed in the next world.” But one can picture the suppers of applesauce, apple pie, apple Strudel, apple dumplings, apple turnover, apple cider, apple butter, and apple brown betty he was served by farm wives who had settled in the vicinity of his nurseries. He had long dark hair. Although he would sometimes buy a worn-out horse to save it from mistreatment, boarding it with one of his friends for the winter—and though he scoured the woods in the fall for lame horses that the pioneers, packing their way through the country, had abandoned—apparently he believed that riding the beasts was discourteous to them, and he only employed a horse to carry his bags of seeds or, late in his life, to drag an old wagon. Johnny Appleseed. In his earthly life,” Ophia D. Smith noted in a centennial tribute by Swedenborgians in 1945, “Johnny Appleseed was a one-man circulating library, a oneman humane society, a one-man [medical] clinic, a one-man missionary band, and a one-man emigrant-aid society.” But because of the distance that separates us, and as a result of the void in scholarship until Robert Price’s biography in 1954—the fact that for many years historians simply ignored him as a character fit only for children’s stories—we can’t make a good estimate of the quality of his mind. (Five pennies per sapling was the price at the time.) He liked to read from the Christian holy book, the Bible. Like the plainsmen and mountainmen, he was a man still “with the bark on,” but apples were his particular witness to God, and apples do not grow well on the Great Plains. They paused in the Wilkes-Barre region for a year or two, then may have ventured south to the Potomac in eastern Virginia and dawdled along from there toward Port Cumberland, then, via Braddock’s Road, to the Monongahela, and on by 1797 to Pittsburgh, during what was now John Adams’ presidency. He stopped to establish a planting a couple of miles below town, and probably another at the mouth of the Muskingum, at Marietta, near where his father had settled the year before. Odd as he was—with the gossip that trailed him hinting that earlier in life he may have been kicked in the head by a horse—he seems almost to have passed for a solid citizen here. Through these oak, hickory, and beech forests hogs ranged, as well as cattle, and there were great flocks of passenger pigeons, and wolves, which the more brutal pioneers skinned alive and turned loose to scare the rest of the pack. In a way, his name is as durable as Andrew Jackson’s, who died in the same year, but he has been remarkably neglected by the historians, probably because he conforms to none of the national stereotypes and illustrates nobody’s theories. Some people gave him clothing as payment for his apple trees. Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage. Others he hurried back to, hearing that a herd of cattle had broken in. This ancient apple tree lives on a farm in Nova, Ohio, where Johnny Appleseed is believed to have planted an entire orchard of Rambo apple trees in 1830, and indeed still produces fruit [source: American Forests]. In Steubenville, Cincinnati, and Urbana, Ohio, he knew the leading New Church Swedenborgians, and between his arrival in central and northern Ohio and the time of his death, Swedenborgian societies sprang up in at least twelve of the counties there, many individuals testifying that it was Chapman, the colporteur of Christian literature, who had first “planted the seed.”. His mother died when he was very young, and his father moved to Longmeadow, Mass., and remarried. He fought British troops in the battle of Concord in seventeen seventy-five. Even today, some people still claim they are Johnny Appleseed. He is more typical of the frontiersmen we remember. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774, according to Biography. Not everyone knows that Johnny Appleseed was a real person, and while the tales surrounding him are large, they pale in comparison to the truth. They were easy to grow and store for use throughout the year. By middle age, he didn’t hesitate to introduce himself to strangers as “Johnny Appleseed,” enjoying his notoriety, but before accepting hospitality he would make sure there was plenty of food in the house for the children. He would never sit down until he was sure that their children had enough to eat. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. And as an entrepreneur with considerable foresight about the eventual patterns of settlement, he allowed himself to be utterly clipped and gypped in matters of real estate through much of his life. That Jonathan Chapman His travels lasted more than forty years. —From a report of the Society for Printing, Publishing and Circulating the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Manchester, England, January, 1817. Playing next. His birthplace has a granite marker and a billboard, streets and schools bear his name and a wooden statue of him stands in City Hall. Yet he was a successful businessman. He felt comfortable with children, and probably wistful, particularly with girls. In more saccharin accounts, professional romancers reported that apple blossoms tapped at his window when he was born and strewed themselves over his grave when he died. On this day in 1845, John Chapman died having made a fortune planting apple saplings on the American frontier. Saxophone players, clerical workers, hair stylists, “anti-heroes,” ladies dressed for the office, partially disrobed ladies, vacationers fussily dashing into an airport taxi, all are likely to wear cowboy boots, jack boots, ski boots, sandhog boots, desert boots, with kinky belt buckles that broadcast a physical vigor and spiritual sadism the wearer doesn’t really even aspire to feel. Yet Johnny Appleseed, too, has survived simply as a folk figure of whom little is known, as a memory fuzzy in outline, mainly inscribed in children’s literature and turn-of-the-century romances and poetry or Louis Bromfield novels. Yet somehow, despite his eccentric demeanor, he was remarkably effective in the impression he made, “some rare force of gentle goodness dwelling in his looks and breathing in his words,” as W. D. Haley wrote in, In good weather he slept outside; otherwise he would lie down on the floor close to the door of the cabin, as he “did not expect to sleep in a bed in the next world.” But one can picture the suppers of applesauce, apple pie, apple Strudel, apple dumplings, apple turnover, apple cider, apple butter, and apple brown betty he was served by farm wives who had settled in the vicinity of his nurseries. He spouted Biblical language, according to at least one witness, though inevitably there were some false alarms: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he hath anointed me to blow the trumpet in the wilderness, and sound an alarm in the forest; for behold, the tribes of the heathen are round about your doors, and a devouring flame followeth after them.” This is the self-dramatist in him that made Casey Jones, John Henry, and Davy Crockett heroes also. Reports from that period suggest that some native Americans believed he was "touched by God." People began calling him Johnny Appleseed. Often he shucked corn, split rails, and girdled trees for his keep. Johnny Appleseed is the main protagonist from the Legend of Johnny Appleseed, a segment of the 1948 Disney package film Melody Time. He gave little gifts of tea when he had money, but probably didn’t drink it himself, preferring a biblical drink of milk or milk and honey. Along came 10 ha… He has actually thawed the ice with his bare feet. Johnny Appleseed is a major cultural icon here in Fort Wayne. YOU CAN STILL VISIT ONE OF HIS TREES. Arriving at a house where he was known, he happily stretched out on his back on the floor near the door, with his head on his knapsack and his feet tilted up against the log wall. Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman in Leominster, Mass., on Sept. 26, 1774. More important, he respected and sympathized with them at a time when many white woodsmen shot them on sight like vermin, to clear the woods, or else humiliated them by catching their horses and tying sticks in their mouths and clapboards to their tails and letting the horses run home with the clapboards on fire. From Toledo he traveled west up the Maumee River toward Indiana, working the banks of its tributaries—the Blanchard, the Auglaize, the St. Mary’s—the population of Ohio, meanwhile, having vaulted from 45,000 in 1800 to 580,000 in 1820. I'm Faith Lapidus. Last year, an 89-year-old woman said she had wanted to see the last Johnny Appleseed tree her whole life. That he walked Alone.… Removing his discolored Bible and Swedenborgian tracts from the pouch he created for them inside his smock by tying his belt tightly, he would ask with exuberance, “Will you have some fresh news right from Heaven?” While the men smoked or fleshed a fox skin and the women cooked or quilted, he read and extemporized, his voice now roaring scriptural denunciations of evil, now soft and soothing. What saved them, it’s said, is that while John hiked out to earn money for food, some passing Indians luckily dropped in on his brother and provisioned him and taught him to hunt. Then, he planted his seeds in a straight line and built a fence around them. Various myths have him continuing on to the Ozarks, to Minnesota, to the foothills of the Rockies. This was an action he said he always regretted. He was famous for his gentleness and bravery. Yet somehow, despite his eccentric demeanor, he was remarkably effective in the impression he made, “some rare force of gentle goodness dwelling in his looks and breathing in his words,” as W. D. Haley wrote in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine for November, 1871, in the first biographical sketch which brought Johnny Appleseed to national attention. There have been various speculations regarding Johnny Appleseed’s death. Despite his small roach of a beard, unkemptly clipped, and his dark horny feet and deliberately apostolic costume, he kept himself clean, and “in his most desolate rags” was “never repulsive,” his acquaintances reported. No camera captured him — commercial photography was in its infancy when he died in 1845, particularly on the frontier. That is, he had been a mystic before, and he ended his days in Indiana as a kind of landmark, with the “thick bark of queerness” still on him, thoroughly a mystic again. He was an exceedingly vigorous soul, doubtless a whiz at wielding an axe (one posthumous legend has him competing with Paul Bunyan). Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, and at the time of his death, Appleseed was 70 years old. In 1830, just after the future city of Fort Wayne had been platted, he is said to have landed on the waterside from the Maumee in a hollow log filled with seeds. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1774 and died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1845. They could be eaten raw, cooked or dried for eating during the winter. The fence helped to keep the young trees safe from animals. His eyes were black and bright. Another time he announced that two female spirits had shown themselves to him and told him they would be his wives in the afterlife, bidding him abstain until then. Others called him a great medicine man. Which makes sense: Grapes do not grow well in much of the region, but apples? With this canoe trip, apparently, his fame began. We don’t really know how hard he worked, because, set against this picture of a religious zealot for whom apple trees in their flowering were a living sermon from God, is the carefree master of woodcraft who supposedly strung his hammock between treetops and lazed away the pleasant days. But it would be a good guess to say that he accepted the 1819 recession as a lesson that he was intended to be an appleman, not a speculator, and an instrument of the bounty of God. After the article in, His life had extended from the battle of Bunker Hill to the inauguration of James K. Polk as president; and the last person who claimed to have seen Johnny Appleseed with his own eyes didn’t die until just before World War II. 7 Facts About Johnny Appleseed. First, he would find rich, fertile land in an open area. But he liked to joke that Hades at its worst wouldn’t be worse than “smoky houses and scolding women” or “Newark,” a raunchy Ohio border settlement. In any case, the experience may have estranged the two. The young buck strenuously logging, snowshoeing, existing on butternuts in the French Creek period, must have been quite a different figure from “Johnny Appleseed” practicing his kindnesses and charities during the two and a half decades he lived in Ohio and brought apples to Ashland, Bucyrus, Cohocton, Findlay, New Haven, Van Wert, and many another town on giveaway terms. Some of these little gardens he never bothered to hunt up again, confident that the settlers would discover them. But Alien County lies at the watershed separating the Wabash, flowing to the Mississippi, from the Maumee, flowing toward Lake Erie and eventually the St. Lawrence, so it is appropriate that Johnny stopped here. He did not leave them just anywhere. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman (26 Sep 1774–18 Mar 1845), Find a Grave Memorial no. Nova, Ohio, is home to a 176-year-old tree, the last … We thought we would go a bit deeper into The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and give you a peek into who the real man was. JOHNNY APPLESEED. He was strongly influenced by the Swedish scientist and Christian thinker, Emanuel Swedenborg. Both settlers and native Americans liked him. He planted apple seeds in several areas near a place called Licking Creek. 1848, citing Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave . He also criticized people who wasted food. On the Whetstone River, near the Clear Fork of the Mohican, the Vandorn boys helped him build a fourteen-by-sixteen-foot cabin for wintering over, impressed at how fearlessly he slept on top of a windfall as the wolves and owls howled. In the gaudy parade of liars, killers, pranksters, boasters and boosters that fill up B. Chapman was seventy years old. Johnny Appleseed was born September 26, 1775 in Leominster, Massachusetts, the second child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Simonds) Chapman. He liked to hear the wolves howl around him at night and was unafraid of bears, yet reportedly slept without shelter one snowy night, rather than roust out of hibernation a mother bear and her cubs who had crept into a hollow tree that he had intended using. After Johnny Appleseed died there were stories published about him, and festivals held in his honor all over the United States. If many people never paid him for the seedlings he distributed so diligently, others returned his kindness by their hospitality to him as he passed back and forth. John and his older sister moved to Longmeadow with their father and his new wife. That summer and fall, with his woodcraft and marathon-endurance, John Chapman fulfilled a hero’s role, once racing thirty miles from Mansfield to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to summon reinforcements and arouse the white settlers to the peril posed by General William Hull’s surrender to British forces at Detroit. He sold, traded and planted in other areas. The man who shaped the nursery field that we know of today and also helped conserve plantation, Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774. But for a few years in central Ohio apparently he tried to become a practical man. A man has appeared who seems to be almost independent of corporal wants and sufferings. In 1806—and perhaps the prettiest of all of the memories of John Chapman that have survived—he was noticed by a settler in Jefferson County, on the Ohio, drifting past in two canoes lashed together and heaped with cider-press seeds, both craft being daubed with mud and draped with moss to keep the load moist. On his head, he wore a metal container for a hat. 1 Appearances 1.1 Melody Time 1.2 Walt Disney anthology series 1.3 House of Mouse 1.4 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True 2 … Free subscription >>, Please consider a donation to help us keep this American treasure alive. He planted on loamy, grassy ground, usually at riverside, constructing a fence of the brush and trees that he had cut down, and girdling any bigger trees that stood near enough to cast their shade over the soil. He died, unmarried, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana March 18 1845. He said people in the future would remember his life and work. His father, Nathaniel, was a carpenter and a farmer who earned modest wages with which to support his wife, Elizabeth, and his children. After a few years, Chapman left the hills of western Pennsylvania and traveled west into the Ohio Valley. The Stalking Indian, His father, Nathaniel Chapman, served in America's war for independence. John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), better known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. Often the only alcoholic beverage available in frontier settlements was cider. Everywhere he traveled, he was welcomed. Johnny struck the creature, killing it. The older Chapman, though a captain in time of war, had been an indifferent provider, and died in 1807. Johnny Appleseed, byname of John Chapman, (born September 26, 1774, Leominster, Massachusetts—died March 18?, 1845, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.), American missionary nurseryman of the North American frontier who helped prepare the way for 19th-century pioneers by supplying apple-tree nursery stock throughout the Midwest. John Chapmann, better known by his nickname "Johnny Appleseed", died and is buried near Fort Wayne Indiana sometime between 1845 and 1849. What would a conventional movie-maker do with a vegetarian frontiersman who did not believe in horseback riding and wore no furs; who planted fruit trees in praise of a Protestant God, and gave much of his money away to impoverished families he met; who would “punish” one foot that had stepped on an angleworm by walking with it bare over stony ground and regretted for years killing a rattlesnake that had bitten him in the grass; who would douse his campfire when mosquitoes fell into it? Swedenborg himself had said, “All things in the world exist from a Divine Origin— clothed with such forms in nature as enable them to exist there and perform their use and thus correspond to higher things.” So the Swedenborgian spirit-world of souls and angels coexistent with a natural world, in which the true order of Creation had been diverted by man’s misapplication of his free will from the love of God to his own ego, quite corresponded, as far as it went, with the Indians’ view. The legend of Johnny Appleseed's travels didn't become very popular until a year after he died. He was quick-talking and restlessly energetic as a visitor, but wind-beaten, hollow-cheeked, and gaunt-looking from eating so little and walking so far. He found shelter in an old tree that had fallen to the ground. We think of the swaggering, unscrupulous prototype frontiersman who bushwhacked Indians and scouted for the Long Knives, the mountainman who went into the bush with two horses and a squaw, and in order to live, ate his pack horse in January, his saddle horse in February, and his sad squaw in March. Then, he cleared the land, carefully removing unwanted plants. His mother Elizabeth became sick with tuberculosis and died a short time after the birth of her third child. Johnny Appleseed Birth Date September 26, 1774 Death Date c. March 18, 1845 Place of Birth Leominster, Massachusetts Place of Death Fort Wayne, Indiana AKA … Yet he never hurt these creatures. When he sold apple seedlings, he liked to be paid with an IOU, scarcely having any use for money except to give it away to needy families, and left to God and the debtor’s own conscience the question of whether he was finally paid. During his travels, some families asked Johnny to join them for a meal. There, he planted apple seedlings that grew and produced crops. In the tree, he discovered a mother bear and her cubs. By 1816 Persis had moved with her family from Marietta to Perrysville, on the Mohican’s Black Fork. Scarcely a year after the birth of John, his second child, the father left to fight in the Revolution as one of the original Minutemen, first at Bunker Hill in 1775, then with General Washington’s army in New York the next year, wintering at Valley Forge in 1777-78. As a result of stories and poems about Chapman's actions, Johnny Appleseed became an American hero. Johnny Appleseed was the nickname earned by John Chapman, a Massachusetts-born nurseryman and orchardist, who planted more than 100,000 square miles of orchards across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. , served in America 's war for independence another time, the seeds were planted on land owned by farmer. American Heritage has been the leading magazine of U.S. History, politics and... 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He got the seeds from apple presses -- machines used to make apples into a drink called apple cider. He had arrived on the Licking River in Ohio from the Allegheny in 1801, aged twenty-six. He would clear a patch and plant and fence it, sometimes sleeping in his hammock, looking startlingly serene, swinging there, to travelers who were full of frightening tales of the woods. In 1871, W.D. I hope she succeeded." Once a few years had passed, he didn’t need to make such long trips for seeds and, if he were working thirty miles away, might deputize a farmer who lived close to an orchard to honor the notes he wrote out for people who wished to purchase trees. His biographer makes the point that toward the close of his life, perhaps under Persis’ influence, he bought another two hundred acres, around Fort Wayne. Though he must have brewed gentler poultices for other poeple’s wounds, his method of healing his own was to sear the offending location with a hot piece of iron—as the Indians did—and then treat the burn. After the article in Harper’s by W. D. Haley twenty-six years after his death, there was a sudden revival of interest in Johnny Appleseed, with people writing their recollections or hearsay memories of him to small-town newspapers throughout the Midwest. He left behind a legend that lives on … He was compared to John the Baptist, a voice in the wilderness heralding a new religion, and professors said he had personified the spirit of democracy—one for all—in the New World. As the trees grew, he returned to repair the fence and care for the land. As the years passed, Johnny Appleseed decided to leave Ohio. But Mr. Price reminds us that Chapman lived out his three score and ten years, and that the error of folklore is to simplify. The woods were filled with bears, wolves and other wild animals. Apple vinegar was the basic preservative for pickling vegetables such as beans, cucumbers, and beets; apple butter was a principal pleasure of winter meals; and apple brandy was one of the first cash exports that could be floated downriver to New Orleans. Born John Chapman (1774-1845) in Leominster, Massachusetts, he proved to be a man with a mission along the frontier, which in those days included western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. He slept in the open air and did not wear shoes on his feet. with three words (okay, one word, but I’m tired of talking about the the Patriots): fall, apple-picking, and cider. Houston praised Chapman's work as a labor of love. Before long, Chapman's trees were growing in fields across Ohio. He never married. When somebody jumped one of his land claims, his main concern seemed to be whether they would still let him take care of his apple trees. That was fifty years after they had sauntered out from Longmeadow together, and John, famous and cranky and old, with a “thick bark of queerness on him,” as Robert Price expresses it, and only three years short of his death, trudged east from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was living with Persis and her family, to Marietta, for a final reunion. There are a number of other stories about Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed died on March 18, 1845, at the age of 70, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Chapman planted with thoughts about future markets for his crops. The sack had holes for his head and arms. He also used this pot for cooking his food. He transported sixteen bushels of apple seeds down the Ohio River in eighteen-oh-one. Two things are known, A. Botkin’s. Longmeadow was on the Connecticut Path, walked by settlers going west toward the upper Susquehanna River, two hundred miles away. In the spring of 1798, along Big Brokenstraw Creek, Johnny may have planted his first apple seeds. Saint Francis also is remembered for his love of animals and for honoring nature. Pennsylvania was the first stop in what would become a life-long effort to plant apple trees. He was a colorful pioneer of the Indiana … Maybe he didn’t even long to participate in the drama of the Great West ahead. “I feel like most people hear cider and start thinking of plaid and hayrides and leaves and New England,” Pete McCoubrey… There are indications that at least once he tried, but that in adolescence the girl, like other girls, began to flirt with other men. Our great West, our old westering impulse, has become a costume jewel. When not in a coffee sack, he dressed in a collarless tow-linen smock or straight-sleeved coat that hung down to his heels, over a shirt and burr-studded pants that had been traded to him for his apple seeds. He moved west into wilderness areas in what is now the state of Indiana. With the warm weather, they separated, Nathaniel, in his late teens, being old enough to strike off independently and to settle eventually on Duck Creek near Marietta in southern Ohio on the Ohio River, where by 1805 Nathaniel senior, the former minuteman, also moved with his family. Born and raised in Leominster, the man remembered as "Johnny Appleseed" left Massachusetts in the 1790s just as farmers were moving into the Midwest. Apples grow up and down both coasts, and they flourish in the Northeast. He planted large numbers of apple trees in what was the American wilderness two hundred years ago. This Special English program was written by George Grow. We do know he corresponded with a distinguished co-religionist in Philadelphia, William Schlatter, who was also his supplier of evangelical tracts, though unfortunately none of Chapman’s letters have survived. Over time, some adults said they remembered receiving presents from Johnny Appleseed when they were children. His life had extended from the battle of Bunker Hill to the inauguration of James K. Polk as president; and the last person who claimed to have seen Johnny Appleseed with his own eyes didn’t die until just before World War II. It was an element in the myth of Johnny Appleseed that he could doze off in the most dangerous circumstances—so calm he was. The reason for John Chapman's life's work is unknown. Support with a donation>>. Johnny Appleseed… “I, John Chapman (by occupation a gatherer and planter of apple seeds),” begins a deed from the Fort Wayne days. He liked to plant on quarter-sections set aside for the support of the first schools, or might do so on an existing farm if the owner agreed to share what grew. John was the second of three children. That spring, or another, he was so impatient to get an early start downriver that he set his canoe on a block of ice on the Allegheny, where it would not be crushed in the jams, and fell asleep and floated a hundred miles or so before he bothered to wake up. He seems to have come this first time on foot with a horseload of seeds. To his credit, Chapman, who seems to have been friendly with the Quakers of Ohio, too, was able to recognize this. He did use snuff, however, and would sip a dram of hard liquor to warm up in cold weather—if one can generalize fairly about his conduct from isolated instances of testimony about five decades of such intense and fervent activity. He was buried near Fort Wayne. He took an untheatrical view of the hereafter, however—a place he didn’t think would be all that different in geography or its earthly occupations from the world he lived in. The Legend of Johnny Appleseed If you have visited Apple Holler Farm Park recently, you will have seen and perhaps taken part in the Johnny Appleseed History Walk. Saint Francis established a Roman Catholic group that cares for the poor and the sick. Holding a six-year-old child on his lap, he would speak of some day having a “pure wife in heaven.” He seems to have imagined that it might be possible to adopt an orphan of about that age and raise her up to be just such a wife, even on earth. During his forties he traveled less, but even after he had lost most of his land and had renewed his vows of poverty-moving west again with horseloads of apple seeds to the Miami and Tiffin rivers—he came back to Perrysville to winter with family and friends. In good weather he slept outside; otherwise he would lie down on the floor close to the door of the cabin, as he “did not expect to sleep in a bed in the next world.” But one can picture the suppers of applesauce, apple pie, apple Strudel, apple dumplings, apple turnover, apple cider, apple butter, and apple brown betty he was served by farm wives who had settled in the vicinity of his nurseries. He had long dark hair. Although he would sometimes buy a worn-out horse to save it from mistreatment, boarding it with one of his friends for the winter—and though he scoured the woods in the fall for lame horses that the pioneers, packing their way through the country, had abandoned—apparently he believed that riding the beasts was discourteous to them, and he only employed a horse to carry his bags of seeds or, late in his life, to drag an old wagon. Johnny Appleseed. In his earthly life,” Ophia D. Smith noted in a centennial tribute by Swedenborgians in 1945, “Johnny Appleseed was a one-man circulating library, a oneman humane society, a one-man [medical] clinic, a one-man missionary band, and a one-man emigrant-aid society.” But because of the distance that separates us, and as a result of the void in scholarship until Robert Price’s biography in 1954—the fact that for many years historians simply ignored him as a character fit only for children’s stories—we can’t make a good estimate of the quality of his mind. (Five pennies per sapling was the price at the time.) He liked to read from the Christian holy book, the Bible. Like the plainsmen and mountainmen, he was a man still “with the bark on,” but apples were his particular witness to God, and apples do not grow well on the Great Plains. They paused in the Wilkes-Barre region for a year or two, then may have ventured south to the Potomac in eastern Virginia and dawdled along from there toward Port Cumberland, then, via Braddock’s Road, to the Monongahela, and on by 1797 to Pittsburgh, during what was now John Adams’ presidency. He stopped to establish a planting a couple of miles below town, and probably another at the mouth of the Muskingum, at Marietta, near where his father had settled the year before. Odd as he was—with the gossip that trailed him hinting that earlier in life he may have been kicked in the head by a horse—he seems almost to have passed for a solid citizen here. Through these oak, hickory, and beech forests hogs ranged, as well as cattle, and there were great flocks of passenger pigeons, and wolves, which the more brutal pioneers skinned alive and turned loose to scare the rest of the pack. In a way, his name is as durable as Andrew Jackson’s, who died in the same year, but he has been remarkably neglected by the historians, probably because he conforms to none of the national stereotypes and illustrates nobody’s theories. Some people gave him clothing as payment for his apple trees. Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage. Others he hurried back to, hearing that a herd of cattle had broken in. This ancient apple tree lives on a farm in Nova, Ohio, where Johnny Appleseed is believed to have planted an entire orchard of Rambo apple trees in 1830, and indeed still produces fruit [source: American Forests]. In Steubenville, Cincinnati, and Urbana, Ohio, he knew the leading New Church Swedenborgians, and between his arrival in central and northern Ohio and the time of his death, Swedenborgian societies sprang up in at least twelve of the counties there, many individuals testifying that it was Chapman, the colporteur of Christian literature, who had first “planted the seed.”. His mother died when he was very young, and his father moved to Longmeadow, Mass., and remarried. He fought British troops in the battle of Concord in seventeen seventy-five. Even today, some people still claim they are Johnny Appleseed. He is more typical of the frontiersmen we remember. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774, according to Biography. Not everyone knows that Johnny Appleseed was a real person, and while the tales surrounding him are large, they pale in comparison to the truth. They were easy to grow and store for use throughout the year. By middle age, he didn’t hesitate to introduce himself to strangers as “Johnny Appleseed,” enjoying his notoriety, but before accepting hospitality he would make sure there was plenty of food in the house for the children. He would never sit down until he was sure that their children had enough to eat. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. And as an entrepreneur with considerable foresight about the eventual patterns of settlement, he allowed himself to be utterly clipped and gypped in matters of real estate through much of his life. That Jonathan Chapman His travels lasted more than forty years. —From a report of the Society for Printing, Publishing and Circulating the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Manchester, England, January, 1817. Playing next. His birthplace has a granite marker and a billboard, streets and schools bear his name and a wooden statue of him stands in City Hall. Yet he was a successful businessman. He felt comfortable with children, and probably wistful, particularly with girls. In more saccharin accounts, professional romancers reported that apple blossoms tapped at his window when he was born and strewed themselves over his grave when he died. On this day in 1845, John Chapman died having made a fortune planting apple saplings on the American frontier. Saxophone players, clerical workers, hair stylists, “anti-heroes,” ladies dressed for the office, partially disrobed ladies, vacationers fussily dashing into an airport taxi, all are likely to wear cowboy boots, jack boots, ski boots, sandhog boots, desert boots, with kinky belt buckles that broadcast a physical vigor and spiritual sadism the wearer doesn’t really even aspire to feel. Yet Johnny Appleseed, too, has survived simply as a folk figure of whom little is known, as a memory fuzzy in outline, mainly inscribed in children’s literature and turn-of-the-century romances and poetry or Louis Bromfield novels. Yet somehow, despite his eccentric demeanor, he was remarkably effective in the impression he made, “some rare force of gentle goodness dwelling in his looks and breathing in his words,” as W. D. Haley wrote in, In good weather he slept outside; otherwise he would lie down on the floor close to the door of the cabin, as he “did not expect to sleep in a bed in the next world.” But one can picture the suppers of applesauce, apple pie, apple Strudel, apple dumplings, apple turnover, apple cider, apple butter, and apple brown betty he was served by farm wives who had settled in the vicinity of his nurseries. He spouted Biblical language, according to at least one witness, though inevitably there were some false alarms: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he hath anointed me to blow the trumpet in the wilderness, and sound an alarm in the forest; for behold, the tribes of the heathen are round about your doors, and a devouring flame followeth after them.” This is the self-dramatist in him that made Casey Jones, John Henry, and Davy Crockett heroes also. Reports from that period suggest that some native Americans believed he was "touched by God." People began calling him Johnny Appleseed. Often he shucked corn, split rails, and girdled trees for his keep. Johnny Appleseed is the main protagonist from the Legend of Johnny Appleseed, a segment of the 1948 Disney package film Melody Time. He gave little gifts of tea when he had money, but probably didn’t drink it himself, preferring a biblical drink of milk or milk and honey. Along came 10 ha… He has actually thawed the ice with his bare feet. Johnny Appleseed is a major cultural icon here in Fort Wayne. YOU CAN STILL VISIT ONE OF HIS TREES. Arriving at a house where he was known, he happily stretched out on his back on the floor near the door, with his head on his knapsack and his feet tilted up against the log wall. Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman in Leominster, Mass., on Sept. 26, 1774. More important, he respected and sympathized with them at a time when many white woodsmen shot them on sight like vermin, to clear the woods, or else humiliated them by catching their horses and tying sticks in their mouths and clapboards to their tails and letting the horses run home with the clapboards on fire. From Toledo he traveled west up the Maumee River toward Indiana, working the banks of its tributaries—the Blanchard, the Auglaize, the St. Mary’s—the population of Ohio, meanwhile, having vaulted from 45,000 in 1800 to 580,000 in 1820. I'm Faith Lapidus. Last year, an 89-year-old woman said she had wanted to see the last Johnny Appleseed tree her whole life. That he walked Alone.… Removing his discolored Bible and Swedenborgian tracts from the pouch he created for them inside his smock by tying his belt tightly, he would ask with exuberance, “Will you have some fresh news right from Heaven?” While the men smoked or fleshed a fox skin and the women cooked or quilted, he read and extemporized, his voice now roaring scriptural denunciations of evil, now soft and soothing. What saved them, it’s said, is that while John hiked out to earn money for food, some passing Indians luckily dropped in on his brother and provisioned him and taught him to hunt. Then, he planted his seeds in a straight line and built a fence around them. Various myths have him continuing on to the Ozarks, to Minnesota, to the foothills of the Rockies. This was an action he said he always regretted. He was famous for his gentleness and bravery. Yet somehow, despite his eccentric demeanor, he was remarkably effective in the impression he made, “some rare force of gentle goodness dwelling in his looks and breathing in his words,” as W. D. Haley wrote in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine for November, 1871, in the first biographical sketch which brought Johnny Appleseed to national attention. There have been various speculations regarding Johnny Appleseed’s death. Despite his small roach of a beard, unkemptly clipped, and his dark horny feet and deliberately apostolic costume, he kept himself clean, and “in his most desolate rags” was “never repulsive,” his acquaintances reported. No camera captured him — commercial photography was in its infancy when he died in 1845, particularly on the frontier. That is, he had been a mystic before, and he ended his days in Indiana as a kind of landmark, with the “thick bark of queerness” still on him, thoroughly a mystic again. He was an exceedingly vigorous soul, doubtless a whiz at wielding an axe (one posthumous legend has him competing with Paul Bunyan). Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, and at the time of his death, Appleseed was 70 years old. In 1830, just after the future city of Fort Wayne had been platted, he is said to have landed on the waterside from the Maumee in a hollow log filled with seeds. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1774 and died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1845. They could be eaten raw, cooked or dried for eating during the winter. The fence helped to keep the young trees safe from animals. His eyes were black and bright. Another time he announced that two female spirits had shown themselves to him and told him they would be his wives in the afterlife, bidding him abstain until then. Others called him a great medicine man. Which makes sense: Grapes do not grow well in much of the region, but apples? With this canoe trip, apparently, his fame began. We don’t really know how hard he worked, because, set against this picture of a religious zealot for whom apple trees in their flowering were a living sermon from God, is the carefree master of woodcraft who supposedly strung his hammock between treetops and lazed away the pleasant days. But it would be a good guess to say that he accepted the 1819 recession as a lesson that he was intended to be an appleman, not a speculator, and an instrument of the bounty of God. After the article in, His life had extended from the battle of Bunker Hill to the inauguration of James K. Polk as president; and the last person who claimed to have seen Johnny Appleseed with his own eyes didn’t die until just before World War II. 7 Facts About Johnny Appleseed. First, he would find rich, fertile land in an open area. But he liked to joke that Hades at its worst wouldn’t be worse than “smoky houses and scolding women” or “Newark,” a raunchy Ohio border settlement. In any case, the experience may have estranged the two. The young buck strenuously logging, snowshoeing, existing on butternuts in the French Creek period, must have been quite a different figure from “Johnny Appleseed” practicing his kindnesses and charities during the two and a half decades he lived in Ohio and brought apples to Ashland, Bucyrus, Cohocton, Findlay, New Haven, Van Wert, and many another town on giveaway terms. Some of these little gardens he never bothered to hunt up again, confident that the settlers would discover them. But Alien County lies at the watershed separating the Wabash, flowing to the Mississippi, from the Maumee, flowing toward Lake Erie and eventually the St. Lawrence, so it is appropriate that Johnny stopped here. He did not leave them just anywhere. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman (26 Sep 1774–18 Mar 1845), Find a Grave Memorial no. Nova, Ohio, is home to a 176-year-old tree, the last … We thought we would go a bit deeper into The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and give you a peek into who the real man was. JOHNNY APPLESEED. He was strongly influenced by the Swedish scientist and Christian thinker, Emanuel Swedenborg. Both settlers and native Americans liked him. He planted apple seeds in several areas near a place called Licking Creek. 1848, citing Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave . He also criticized people who wasted food. On the Whetstone River, near the Clear Fork of the Mohican, the Vandorn boys helped him build a fourteen-by-sixteen-foot cabin for wintering over, impressed at how fearlessly he slept on top of a windfall as the wolves and owls howled. In the gaudy parade of liars, killers, pranksters, boasters and boosters that fill up B. Chapman was seventy years old. Johnny Appleseed was born September 26, 1775 in Leominster, Massachusetts, the second child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Simonds) Chapman. He liked to hear the wolves howl around him at night and was unafraid of bears, yet reportedly slept without shelter one snowy night, rather than roust out of hibernation a mother bear and her cubs who had crept into a hollow tree that he had intended using. After Johnny Appleseed died there were stories published about him, and festivals held in his honor all over the United States. If many people never paid him for the seedlings he distributed so diligently, others returned his kindness by their hospitality to him as he passed back and forth. John and his older sister moved to Longmeadow with their father and his new wife. That summer and fall, with his woodcraft and marathon-endurance, John Chapman fulfilled a hero’s role, once racing thirty miles from Mansfield to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to summon reinforcements and arouse the white settlers to the peril posed by General William Hull’s surrender to British forces at Detroit. He sold, traded and planted in other areas. The man who shaped the nursery field that we know of today and also helped conserve plantation, Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774. But for a few years in central Ohio apparently he tried to become a practical man. A man has appeared who seems to be almost independent of corporal wants and sufferings. In 1806—and perhaps the prettiest of all of the memories of John Chapman that have survived—he was noticed by a settler in Jefferson County, on the Ohio, drifting past in two canoes lashed together and heaped with cider-press seeds, both craft being daubed with mud and draped with moss to keep the load moist. On his head, he wore a metal container for a hat. 1 Appearances 1.1 Melody Time 1.2 Walt Disney anthology series 1.3 House of Mouse 1.4 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True 2 … Free subscription >>, Please consider a donation to help us keep this American treasure alive. He planted on loamy, grassy ground, usually at riverside, constructing a fence of the brush and trees that he had cut down, and girdling any bigger trees that stood near enough to cast their shade over the soil. He died, unmarried, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana March 18 1845. He said people in the future would remember his life and work. His father, Nathaniel, was a carpenter and a farmer who earned modest wages with which to support his wife, Elizabeth, and his children. After a few years, Chapman left the hills of western Pennsylvania and traveled west into the Ohio Valley. The Stalking Indian, His father, Nathaniel Chapman, served in America's war for independence. John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), better known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. Often the only alcoholic beverage available in frontier settlements was cider. Everywhere he traveled, he was welcomed. Johnny struck the creature, killing it. The older Chapman, though a captain in time of war, had been an indifferent provider, and died in 1807. Johnny Appleseed, byname of John Chapman, (born September 26, 1774, Leominster, Massachusetts—died March 18?, 1845, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.), American missionary nurseryman of the North American frontier who helped prepare the way for 19th-century pioneers by supplying apple-tree nursery stock throughout the Midwest. John Chapmann, better known by his nickname "Johnny Appleseed", died and is buried near Fort Wayne Indiana sometime between 1845 and 1849. What would a conventional movie-maker do with a vegetarian frontiersman who did not believe in horseback riding and wore no furs; who planted fruit trees in praise of a Protestant God, and gave much of his money away to impoverished families he met; who would “punish” one foot that had stepped on an angleworm by walking with it bare over stony ground and regretted for years killing a rattlesnake that had bitten him in the grass; who would douse his campfire when mosquitoes fell into it? Swedenborg himself had said, “All things in the world exist from a Divine Origin— clothed with such forms in nature as enable them to exist there and perform their use and thus correspond to higher things.” So the Swedenborgian spirit-world of souls and angels coexistent with a natural world, in which the true order of Creation had been diverted by man’s misapplication of his free will from the love of God to his own ego, quite corresponded, as far as it went, with the Indians’ view. The legend of Johnny Appleseed's travels didn't become very popular until a year after he died. He was quick-talking and restlessly energetic as a visitor, but wind-beaten, hollow-cheeked, and gaunt-looking from eating so little and walking so far. He found shelter in an old tree that had fallen to the ground. We think of the swaggering, unscrupulous prototype frontiersman who bushwhacked Indians and scouted for the Long Knives, the mountainman who went into the bush with two horses and a squaw, and in order to live, ate his pack horse in January, his saddle horse in February, and his sad squaw in March. Then, he cleared the land, carefully removing unwanted plants. His mother Elizabeth became sick with tuberculosis and died a short time after the birth of her third child. Johnny Appleseed Birth Date September 26, 1774 Death Date c. March 18, 1845 Place of Birth Leominster, Massachusetts Place of Death Fort Wayne, Indiana AKA … Yet he never hurt these creatures. When he sold apple seedlings, he liked to be paid with an IOU, scarcely having any use for money except to give it away to needy families, and left to God and the debtor’s own conscience the question of whether he was finally paid. During his travels, some families asked Johnny to join them for a meal. There, he planted apple seedlings that grew and produced crops. In the tree, he discovered a mother bear and her cubs. By 1816 Persis had moved with her family from Marietta to Perrysville, on the Mohican’s Black Fork. Scarcely a year after the birth of John, his second child, the father left to fight in the Revolution as one of the original Minutemen, first at Bunker Hill in 1775, then with General Washington’s army in New York the next year, wintering at Valley Forge in 1777-78. As a result of stories and poems about Chapman's actions, Johnny Appleseed became an American hero. Johnny Appleseed was the nickname earned by John Chapman, a Massachusetts-born nurseryman and orchardist, who planted more than 100,000 square miles of orchards across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. , served in America 's war for independence another time, the seeds were planted on land owned by farmer. American Heritage has been the leading magazine of U.S. History, politics and... 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