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Johnny Appleseed: More than just an apple enthusiast

image from www.wnd.comSeventy years old, he visited his friend William Worth one evening, ate some milk and bread, read out loud from the Bible, laid down on the floor to sleep and never woke up. This was how John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, died on March 18, 1845.

Johnny Appleseed’s father, Nathaniel Chapman, was a Minuteman who fought the British at Concord in 1775 and served in the Continental Army under George Washington.

The apple originated in Central Asia and spread east to China, which is still the largest grower of apples in the world. Alexander the Great saw apples in Central Asia. He had some apples sent back to Macedonia in 328 BC, where they were cultivated and gradually spread across Europe. In the 1600s, colonists brought apples to North America, with the first apple orchard being planted in 1625 by Rev. William Blaxton in Boston.

Johnny Appleseed collected seeds from apple cider presses in western Pennsylvania. Johnny Appleseed may have spent time on Grant’s Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1794 at the time of the Whiskey Rebellion. He planted orchards and nurseries from the Alleghenies to central Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, giving thousands of seedlings to westward bound pioneers.

Johnny Appleseed lived nomadic life at harmony with Indians, bringing them medicinal plants. Native Americans, even hostile ones, considered him touched by the Great Spirit, and became converted.
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