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Appleseed, Johnny

by Blair Colquhoun
Johnny Appleseed, (John Chapman 1774-1820?), was born in Massachusetts and on what should have been his wedding day (his fiancée died), he left Massachusetts to plant apple trees throughout what was then the west. By the time of his death about 1820, there were apple trees in what is now the Midwest. Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan. He is depicted as a man with a bag of seeds over his shoulder and wearing a sauce pan for a hat. The orchards he planted are still in use today. According to one story, he helped an old woman beat a witchcraft charge.

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