Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. He first appeared in the valley of the Potomac in 1789 and in western Pennsylvania the following summer. In September of 1790 he drifted down the Ohio in a boat filled with apple seeds. His plan was to go in advance of the settlers planting orchards in the wilderness. When he had found an open glade in the forest he dug up the soil planted several thousand apple seeds, wove a brush fence to keep the deer away, then drifted down the river to repeat his work in another open glade. When the early settlers came they found these apple peach and pear trees with grape vines and small fruits growing in the forest.