Johnny Appleseed character jug modeled by Harry Fenton and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1953-1969. Johnny Appleseed was the nickname of John Chapman (1774-1845), the famous missionary nurseryman who became an American folk hero. Legends are told of how, finding that no apple trees grew in Ohio, Chapman headed back East to Pennsylvania and collected a sack of apple seeds. Back in Ohio he planted the seeds and gave the saplings to the settlers. In reality John Chapman was a professional nurseryman who traveled the eastern U.S., saving apple orchards, tending his trees, and making a profit from his 1,200 acres of orchard. An unusual man, he is said to have dressed in ragged trousers, an old sack over his shoulders with holes cut for arms, bare feet and an inverted saucepan for a hat from which his long hair flowed. His eccentric appearance and extraordinary personality made him a fitting subject for poems and ballads which assure that, although the real John Chapman died in 1845, the legend of Johnny Appleseed lives on. An apple tree and knapsack form the handle of the jug.