It was 1774 when John Chapman later known as Johnny Appleseed was born to a poor family; his father was a minuteman like so many other patriots who were willing to defend the thirteen colonies from the British troops. His father fought in the battle of Bunker Hill, later on he marched along side George Washington’s troops. When Johnny was two he lost his mother. He and his younger sister went to live with their grandparents. When their father returned from the army he remarried. Ten more children were born into the family.
He went to school for a short time where he learned to read and write. We assume he had worked in an apple orchard when he was younger which is where he had acquired the knowledge and interest in apples. By 1783 the Revolutionary War had officially ended. All colonies had finally had their independence and any land from the colonies to the Mississippi River belonged to the colonist.
As Johnny was growing up he watched settlers pass through town. He quickly realized these settlers probably carried the most inessentials but what if he could sell them apples seeds and seedlings to plant. Apples had many uses during their time. Johnny collected apple seeds from Cider mills who mashed the juice out of the apples, throwing away the cores.
He had an idea and when he turned twenty-three he headed west. The only thing he carried was a gun, an ax, and a bag of food. Barefoot, he made his way across land. The first town he reached was Warren which only had one person living in a cabin. This didn’t dismay him.
Now Johnny was also searching for a place to plant his seeds, he didn’t just scattered them aimlessly. He wanted to create orchards where he would plant his seeds and have small fruit farms. To claim a land was rather difficult since laws were unclear and confusing when it came to land boundaries. Unbeknownst to him he planted his seeds that were owned by government or other landowners. But Johnny was not a law breaking individual; he made deals with landowners when he could by trading his crop for the use of their land. He then went to Franklin where he found a better market for his seeds and worked there for many years.