John Chapman

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed)
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Jamie Dunn, June 2013

Biographical Note:

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts.  He became a legendary figure for traveling throughout the Midwest planting apple trees for the benefit of the settlers and for his eccentric lifestyle.  Chapman died March 11, 1845, near Fort Wayne, Indiana.  At the time of his death, he owned large plots of land in multiple states which he used for growing trees.


Information found within collection

Scope and Content:

This collection contains transcripts of documents pertaining to Chapman’s estate and the location of his grave, including probate records and research conducted on the location of Chapman’s grave nearly a century after his death.

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1.  John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed)

1845-3-19 Transcript of Chapman obituary from Fort Wayne Sentinel
1828-4-29 Transcript of apple tree contract between Chapman and William B. Hedges
1845-1857 Transcripts of probate and other court records pertaining to Chapman’s estate
1936 Copy of research conducted by Jacob M. Stouder on the location of Chapman’s grave

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1845-1936
Provenance:  W. S. Roebuck, 1935, 1944
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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Collection Notes: 

MA BA 7-12-2013