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John Chapman collection

 File — Folder: S0250
Identifier: S0250

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1845-1936

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from W. S. Roebuck in 1935 and 1944.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

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.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jamie Dunn during June 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
John Chapman collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.