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The Man Behind Johnny Appleseed

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Johnathan Chapman

You've probably heard about the legendary "Johnny Appleseed" who, according to story and song, spread his apple seeds all over the nation. Did you know there really was a "Johnny Appleseed"? His name was Jonathan Chapman. Born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1775, Chapman earned his nickname because he planted small orchards and individual apple trees during his travels as he walked across 100,000 square miles of Midwestern wilderness and prairie. He was a genuine and dedicated professional nurseryman.

In 1801, Chapman transported 16 bushels of apple seeds from western Pennsylvania down the Ohio River. He had acquired more than 1,000 acres of farmland on which he developed apple orchards and nurseries. But he didn't just stay there. Chapman's work resembled that of a missionary. Each year, he traveled hundreds of miles on foot wearing a coffee sack with holes cut out for arms and carrying a cooking pot, which he is said to have worn like a cap over his flowing hair. 

About 1830, Chapman also acquired land in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There, he planted a nursery that produced thousands of seedling apple trees that he sold, traded, and planted elsewhere. It's no wonder he became a legendary figure with his cheerful, generous nature, his love of the wilderness, his gentleness with animals, his devotion to the Bible, his knowledge of medicinal herbs, his harmony with the Indians, and above all, his eccentric appearance.

Fort Wayne still celebrates the life of "Johnny Appleseed" with a festival every September when apples are harvested. Next time you bite into an apple, think of the man who spread wealth through apples, Jonathan Chapman, better known as "Johnny Appleseed."

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Johnny Appleseed Memorialized Across the USA

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The Disney Story of Johnny Appleseed


An Historical Approach to Life of Johnny Appleseed


Johnny Appleseed's Life In Song


Johnny Appleseed's Song Lyrics

Johnny Appleseed

Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed;
The Lord is good to me.

For every seed I sow,
An apple tree will grow,
And there will be apples there
Enough for the whole wide world to share;

The Lord is good to me.

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Johnny Appleseed Festivals


Where's John Chapman Buried?


Read About Johnny Appleseed

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Who Was Johnny Appleseed? - Joan Holub; Anna DiVito (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780756958299
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
This book is an introduction to the life and accomplishments of the famous American folk hero and nature lover known as Johnny Appleseed. Who Was...? series.

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Johnny Appleseed - Christin Ditchfield; Childrens Press Staff (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780516278162
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Presents a brief look at the life of Johnny Appleseed

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Johnny Appleseed - Eleonor Atkinson
ISBN: 9781410108968
Publication Date: 2006-03-01

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John Chapman - Karen Clemens Warrick
ISBN: 9780766014435
Publication Date: 2001-02-01

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John Chapman - Carol Greene; Steven Dobson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780516042237
Publication Date: 1991-10-01
Young children can now enjoy a biography series written just for them. "Rookie Biographies" introduce the beginning reader to interesting people who helped shape history. With short, easy-to-understand text, historical photos, and eye-catching illustrations, these introductory biographies will motivate children into wanting to learn more about noted individuals. Each book includes a index.

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Johnny Appleseed - Jane Yolen; Jim Burke (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060591373
Publication Date: 2011-09-06
Planting trees is quite an art. He plants the apples with his heart. Johnny, Johnny Appleseed. Everyone knows the legend of Johnny Appleseed, the man from Massachusetts who planted apple trees all the way to California. But the true story of Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman, is even greater than the legend. In deft and lyrical prose, Jane Yolen tells the whole story of an individual who forever changed the landscape of America. Breathtaking paintings by award-winning artist Jim Burke illuminate the historical detail of this man's life while capturing all the magic and mystery of his legend.

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Johnny Appleseed - Howard Means
ISBN: 9781439178263
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
This portrait of Johnny Appleseed restores the flesh-and-blood man beneath the many myths. It captures the boldness of an iconic American and the sadness of his last years, as the frontier marched past him, ever westward. And it shows how death liberated the legend and made of Johnny a barometer of the nation's feelings about its own heroic past and the supposed Eden it once had been. Howard Means does for America's inner frontier what Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage did for its western one.


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