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John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman
b. 1774 Leominster, Massachusetts - d. 1845 Ft. Wayne, Indiana
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Edward Chapman, an immigrant from Yorkshire, England, reached Boston about 1639. After settling in Ipswich, MA he became a prosperous miller and farmer. Although his descendants are numerous, this record notes only the direct line of descent from Edward to "Johnny Appleseed" as follows:

 1. Edward CHAPMAN, was in Ipswich; MA, in 1642 and d. there Apr. 18 1678. He m. first; Mary, dau. of Mark SYMONDS. She d: Jun 10 1658. He m., second, Dorothy, dau of Richard SWAN, and widow, of Thomas ABBOT.

  • Simon b. 1643; m. Mary BREWER​

  • Mary b. 1648; m. John BARRY​

  • Samuel b. 1654; m. 1st Ruthy INGALLS; 2nd Phoebe BALCH

  • John CHAPMAN, b-___ m. Rebecca SMITH, b. 30 Sep. 1675. He d. 19 Nov. 1677. She m. second. Francis YOUNG of Ipswich.​​

    • John b. 7 Jul 1676

      • ​John CHAPMAN, (called Senior) b. Ipswich Jul. 7, 1676; d. Tewksbury, Oct 7, 1739. He m. Elizabeth DAVIS, Oct. 28, 1702. She d. Tewksbury Sep 26, 1736​

        • Marth b. Feb 10, 1703

        • Elizabeth b. Oct 19, 1704

        • Rebecca bp. May 10, 1713

        • John CHAPMAN (called Jr.) bp. in Ipswich, Dec 2 1714; d. Dec 7 1760 in Tewksbury. John m. Martha BODMAN, Mar 1 1738/9. The BOARDMAN name is variously spelled, as : BODMAN, BORMAN, BORDMAN,BORLAND, and BOARDMAN. The widow Martha (PERLEY) BOARDMAN was the dau. of John and Jean PERLEY. She was b. 24 Aug. 1704, marr, first, Nathaniel BOARDMAN of Topsfield, Apr. 1, 1736, was widowed on Aug. 26, 1736, and m. second, John CHAPMAN, Jr on Mar 1, 1738/9. She died of consumption Feb 22, 1753​

          • Perley b. Oct 30, 1739

          • Elizabeth b. Nov. 19, 1741

          • Martha b. Aug. 30, 1743

          • Nathaniel CHAPMAN (John4, John3, John2, Edwardl ) b.Sep 13 1746 at Tewksbury, MA and d. Feb. 18 1807, Salem, Washington Co., OH. He was baptized nearly 4 years later, Congregational Church record reads: Nathaniel, son of John bp. Aug. 26, 1750.

          • m1. in Leominster, MA, 8 Feb 1770, Elisabeth SIMONS (b. 1748 or '49). She d. Jul 18 1776. She was the dau of James and Anna (LAWRENCE) SIMONS, a name also spelled SIMONDS, or SYMONDS.​Elizabeth d. 18 Nov 1770​John CHAPMAN (called "Johnny Appleseed"), was born at Leominster, Sep. 26, 1774 and he d., unmarried, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mar 18, 1845.​Nathaniel b. 26 Jun 1776 died at 6 weeksNathaniel m. second Lucy COOLEY 24 Jul 1780 in Longmeadow, MA. Lucy was dau,. of George and Mabel COOLEY of Longmeadow. MA. Nathaniel removed with his family from Longmeadow to the western country in 1805. He d. Feb. 18 1807 at Salem, WA County, Ohio.​Nathaniel b. Dec. 1781Abner b. Jul 16 1783Pierly b. Mar 6 1785Lucy b. Jul 21 1787Patty b. Feb 26 1790Persis b. Nov 15 1793Mary b. Jan 19 1796Jonathan Cooley b. Feb 2 1798Davis b. Apr 25 1800Sally b. Apr 23 1803Nathaniel b. Sep 13, 1746. It is thought that John m., second a Martha HUNT, on Jul 5, 1756. Children of John and Martha (HUNT)​Patty b. Feb. 7, 1757Mary B. Apr 7, 1759Davis bp. Nov 20, 1716

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