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Martin County Community Foundation - Be a Philanthropist 

Two years before the American colonies declared independence from England, John Chapman was born in Massachusetts.  John was a very passionate and giving young man whose passions guided him to what was then the wilderness of Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.  He is credited with mediating several disputes between area Indian tribes and settlers.  Harper’s Monthly even reported that Chapman was seen by many of the tribes as a white “medicine man.”  During the war of 1812, John is reported to have run (yes run) from Mansfield, Ohio to Mt. Vernon, Ohio to get help to fend off a coming attack.  That is a distance of 26 miles.  John Chapman was an extraordinary man, but is remembered not as a peacemaker or hero.  John is remembered for the gift and help he gave to people he never met.  The reason that Chapman felt the call to the untamed wilderness of Ohio and Indiana was that he knew settlers would eventually move into the area and would be hungry.  Chapman took apple seeds from a cider mill in Pennsylvania and planted them along the routes that pioneers and settlers would travel.  John hoped to make the journey a little better for those who came after him.  As you may guess...we remember John Chapman by the nickname that many settlers gave him, Johnny Appleseed.

By using the Martin County Community Foundation as your philanthropic vehicle, you can plant the seeds of your own legacy.  Whatever your charitable passion may be, the Martin County Community Foundation can help you make your philanthropic dream a reality.


         

 

 

 

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