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    (1799-March 9, 1870)
    Birth name is Maria Ann Sherwood
    Partial namesake for the Granny Smith apple
    She discarded a French crab apple in the very area where, many years later, she found the tree that bore the bright green fruit.
    Her official Internet biography, at, lists her as an orchardist.
    Only five of her eight children were said to have lived to see the ride on the ‘Lady Nugent' in 1838.
    She died two years after her discovery and decades before her product hit it big.
    Had she used her maiden name instead, the apple would have probably come to be known as Granny Sherwood.
    Her father and husband were agricultural laborers.
    The ride on the ‘Lady Nugent' took her surviving family to New South Wales in Australia, which was in dire need of agricultural and trade experience.
    The light green apple was capable of withstanding long storage and shipping stints.
    Her ninth child was baptized at Ste. Anne's at Ryde in 1842.
    Her husband died six years after her, long enough to see the Granny Smith story start in earnest.

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