Born John Chapman, but better known as Johnny Appleseed, he planted apple trees across the American frontier as a missionary for The New Church. Contrary to popular belief, he did not spread seeds at random, but planted nurseries of sour apple trees for settlers to make hard cider.
His work as an orchardist inspired his eventual apple tree plantings.
His love and dedication for apples and animals transformed him into an American legend.
His parents were Nathaniel and Elizabeth Chapman, and he had an older sister named Elizabeth. His mother died after giving birth to his younger brother, Nathaniel.
He became the subject of the 1948 animated film Melody Time, starring Dennis Day.