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AmericanBorn John CHAPMAN

American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois

Born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA , United States (70 years)

Deceased on 1845

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John Chapman was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, the second child of Nathaniel Chapman and Elizabeth (née Simonds, married February 8, 1770) of Massachusetts. Nathaniel Chapman fought at Concord as a Minuteman as early as April 19, 1775, and later served in the Continental Army with General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Johnny was born around the time that the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought.

While Nathaniel was in military service, his wife died (July 18, 1776) shortly after giving birth to a second son, named Nathaniel. The baby died about two weeks after his mother. Nathaniel Chapman ended his military service and returned home in 1780 to Springfield, Massachusetts. In the summer of 1780 he married Lucy Cooley of Springfield, Massachusetts and they had 10 children.


According to some accounts, John, at the age of eighteen, persuaded his half-brother Nathaniel, eleven, to go west with him in 1792. The two of them apparently lived a nomadic life until their father, with his large family, came west in 1805 and met up with them in Ohio. Nathaniel the younger then probably quit moving around with Johnny to help his father farm the land. John Chapman grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and had one sister, Elizabeth.

Nathaniel started John Chapman on a career as an orchardist by apprenticing him to a Mr. Crawford, who had apple orchards.

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