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Johnny Appleseed in a Rich Land

Johnny Appleseed in a Rich Land

by Peggy Welch Mershon

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Overview

This book, Johnny Appleseed in a Rich Land, explores the original testimony and memories of the early settlers of Richland County, Ohio, who considered themselves neighbors and friends ofJohn Chapman, a living, breathing personwho became known as Johnny Appleseed.The problem is not so much that too little has been written about him but that too much has been written - layer after layer, generation after generation, fantasy after fantasy. To find the truest picture of the man, the author looked for the people who knew him, who met him, and remembered him as accurately as they could.

The purpose of this book is to present the lost stories and the best storytellers in order to discover the truth. Sometimes old, stale history yields new, fresh information to those with the patience to look, like Ohio historian, D. W. Garber, whose search after the truth and knowledge of local history inspired this book.After much research, author Peggy Welch Mershon discovered an interesting whole rather than layers of stale stories told and retold and changed.

This book contains some fresh, good information straight, if not from Heaven, then from Johnny’s real, truthful friends. The people of Richland County, Ohio, lived beside John Chapman from the minute they settled the area, around 1808 until he refocused his efforts of planting appleseeds and spreading the religious teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg to Indiana in the late 1830s. They saw him walking down the streets of Mansfield, welcomed him to their cabins, listened to his stories, saw him sleeping by their hearths, and most called him fondly “Uncle Johnny” even though he had chosen a life much different than their own.

This book tells their stories about the man who came to be called Johnny Appleseed and thus reveals a very close-up picture of a neighbor who would later be turned, by people who never met him, into a legend. This book for the first time reprints two “lost” newspaper articles from 1839 and 1840, the first found to incorporate him as a character called “the Swedenberger.” It includes stories by Rosella Rice, a national author who was the third generation of her family to know Chapman well.  Additional stories, long out of print, by other Richland County pioneers and the first picture drawn of Johnny Appleseed by a person who had met him are also included.  When readers finish this book, they may not know how many nurseries he was said to have planted, or whether a pot on his head was his regular dress, but they will feel that they actually knew him, as a person, much like the pioneers of Richland County.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998221588
Publisher: Turas Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

A graduate in journalism from Kent State University, Peggy Mershon has lived in the Mansfield, Ohio, area since 1974 and started as a reporter and editor for the News Journal in 1978. She also wrote weekly columns for this newspaper on gene¬alogy, antiques and history. She was the editor of the weekly Bellville, Ohio, Star for several years. She was chosen by the family and friends of the late Dwight Wesley Garber of Richland County to review the material and unfinished manuscript in his project on Johnny Appleseed that he had collected and worked on from 1948 through the early 1970s. Peggy was asked to find a story in the material that would be uniquely hers. After her thorough review and many hours of additional research, Peggy has captured the essence of John Chapman, the man, and confirmed his rightful place as an historical figure - not a legend.

Table of Contents

Emanuel Swedenborg: John Chapman’s Faith

A Rare Find by Historian D. W. Garber

The First of the Authors

The War of 1812

The Massacre

The Battle

Salathiel

History Finally Recognized and Recorded

A Glorified Pioneer History

Rosella Rice Stories

More Rosella Rice Stories

Dr. William Bushnell

Horace S. Knapp’s Frontispiece

Afterword

Acknowledgments