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From: Andrea Brown <>
Subject: [GM-L] Johnny Appleseed (CHAPMAN)
Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 23:14:50 -0400
A SENSE OF HISTORY (American Heritage)
JOHNNY APPLESEED by Edward Hoagland
In Praise of Johnny Appleseed
Of Johnathan Chapman
two things are known,
That he loved apples,
That he walked alone........
The Stalking Indian,
The beast in it's lair
Did no hurt
while he was there.
For they could tell ,
as wild things can,
That Johnathan Chapman
was God's own man.
-From A book of Americans by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet
Born Jonathan Chapman (1774-1845) Leominster, Massachusetts.
------- in poor circumstances in Leominster, in a cabin overlooking
Nashua River. His father Nathaniel, was a farmer, carpenter, and
wheelwright decended from Edward Chapman, who had arrived in Boston
Shropshire in 1639. Scarcely a year after the birth of John,his second
child, the father left to fight the Revelolution as one of the
original Minutemen, first at Bunker Hill in 1775,then with General
George Washington's army in
New York the next year ,wintering at Valley Forge 1777-78. John's
mother had died meanwhile. In 1780 following his discharge as a
captain, Nathaniel Chapman married again , a Miss Lucy Cooley of
Longmeadow, near Springfield, Massachusetts, and fathered ten more
children by her.
*Nathaniel (1/2 brother) ~ 7 years younger than Johnny
*Persis (1/2 sister) - by 1816 she had moved with her family
from Marietta, to Perrrysville, on the Mohican's Black Fork. ( had kin
folk in that area) ~ 19 years younger than Johnny
* Nathaniel (Sr.) died in 1807 in Ohio , along the Ohio River
where he'd moved 2 years prior to his death.
*Persis resided in Fort Wayne ,Indiana at the time of his (Johnny)
1845 ,he died atthe home of the Worth Family not far off from there.
Until next time , J Andrea
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