John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman was both a promoter of apples
and the gospel. He introduced apple trees by planting nurseries of apples to
those living in Pennsylvannia, Ohio, Inidiana and Illinois. It is said that he
would tell stories to children and spread the New Church gospel to adults in
exchange for a floor to sleep on. He was a lover of Native Americans and stated
that he “traveled more than 4,000 miles about this country, and I have never
met with one single insolent Native American." Chapman was born on
September 26, 1774 and died on this day in 1845.