Which plant expert are you most closely connected to?

+22 votes

Spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere, and with all the greening-up we're featuring plant experts, like Martha Stewart in the Connection Finder this week.

Featured alongside her are:

Which one is most closely connected to you? If you're one of the 25.7 million of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

Special feature: Check out how you're connected to other notables by using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the category page. Browse related categories like Botanists, Naturalists, and Gardeners.

Let us know how you're related below! If you want to share your connection on social media with cousins and friends, click the "get shareable image" below the results, e.g. Martha Stewart and Sara Plummer Lemmon. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles themselves, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

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WikiTree profile: Martha Stewart
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How about Luther Burbank or Albert Etter?

24 Answers

+14 votes
I am most closely connected to Sir Joseph Banks at 21 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
+12 votes
17 degrees from Sara Lemmon (9th cousins, 7x removed)
19 degrees from Atlee Burpee (7th cousins, 6x removed)
19 degrees from Albert Hitchcock
21 degrees from Carl von Linné
23 degrees from Joseph Banks
24 degrees from Pierre Lévêque de Vilmorin
24 degrees from William Purvis
25 degrees from Liberty Bailey
27 degrees from Martin Möbius
29 degrees from Gregor Mendel
31 degrees from Martha Stewart
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 6 (66.1k points)
+11 votes
16 degrees from Albert Hitchcock.

19 degrees from Sara Lemmon. 16th cousin 4 times removed. MRCA Katherine (Perche) Notherne (abt 1339 - 1406).

20 degrees from Joseph Banks.

20 degrees from Atlee Burpee. 11th cousin twice removed. MRCA Margery (Frank) Sorrell (1553 - 1603).

21 degrees from Carl von Linne.

24 degrees from William Purvis.

24 degrees from Phillippe Andre Leveque de Vilmorin.

26 degrees from Liberty Bailey.

27 degrees from Gregor Mendel.

29 degrees from Martha Stewart.

32 degrees from Martin Mobius.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 4 (48.5k points)
+13 votes
My closest connection is 22 degrees from Atlas Burpee through my DH's family and 29 degrees through my side of the family.

I was really hoping some of the connections would be closer as I am the horticulturalist and Master Gardener in the family. It really shows how little my paternal and maternal ancestors ventured outside the British Isles, whether recently or in the past 200 years or more.
by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (312k points)
+11 votes

15 degrees from Atlee Burpee

18 degrees from Albert Hitchcock

18 degrees from Sara Lemmon

18 degrees from William Purvis

18 degrees from Daniel Bly

19 degrees from Joseph Banks

21 degrees from Carl von Linné

22 degrees from Philippe André Lévêque de Vilmorin

24 degrees from Liberty Bailey

28 degrees from Gregor Mendel

30 degrees from Martha Stewart

31 degrees from Martin Möbius

by Katrina Lawson G2G6 (7.0k points)
+11 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
+12 votes
16 degrees from Sir Joseph Banks, followed by 19 degrees from Sara Lemmon.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (457k points)
+13 votes

W. A. Burpee is my third cousin three times removed

I've spent all day yesterday connecting his relatives, so people may need to recheck their connections.

I also found that his son, Burpee Jr, married a woman whose grandmother was the sister of Burpee's mother, making them second cousins.

Of the others, only Sara Lemmon is related, a very distant cousin

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 8 (87.7k points)
edited by Aaron Gullison
+8 votes
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (730k points)
No cousins, but, as a former vegetable grower, I enjoy the connections.
Actually, I see Sara Lemmon and you are 24th cousins 1x, as well as W. A. Burpee, who is an 8th cousin 3x removed.
Thank you, Aaron, I missed those as the connections were through marriages.
+11 votes
I am 17 degrees from Sara Lemmon and 19 degrees from Albert Hitchcock. I love that Sara's husband named a bush after her!
by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (749k points)
+12 votes
Sarah Plummer Lemmon is my 6th cousin 6 times removed.
by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
+8 votes

I am most closely connected to Albert Hitchcock at 18 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (800k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+13 votes
I'm 7 degrees from Albert Hitchcock. He married my 1st cousin 3xr.
by Nick Andreola G2G6 Mach 6 (69.3k points)
+10 votes
Sarah Plummer Lemmon - 13 degrees - 4th cousin, 4 times removed
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (243k points)
+7 votes
15 degrees from Washington Atlee Burpee, Burpee-174, 1 branches (16), 6th cousins twice removed MRCA Edward Colburn, Colburn-703

17 degrees from Sara Plummer Lemmon, Plummer-2805, 2 branches (6-12), 7th cousins three times removed, MRCA Mary (Taylor) Lister, Taylor-807

19 degrees from Albert Spear Hitchcock, 5 branches (1-3-4-4-8)

22 degrees from Sir Joseph Banks, 4 branches (4-4-3-12)

22  degrees from William Herbert Purvis, 3 branches (6-11-6)

23 degrees from Carl Linnaeus von Linné, 6 branches (1-4-3-3-2-11)

23 degrees from Philippe André Lévêque de Vilmorin, 3 branches (4-8-12)

24 degrees from Liberty Hyde Bailey, 5 branches (2-2-2-5-14)

29 degrees from Martin Möbius, 3 branches (14-4-12)

31 degrees from Gregor Mendel, 3 branches (11-9-12)

32 degrees from Martha Stewart, 7 branches (2-6-3-1-4-8-9)
by Mildred Gillett G2G6 Mach 2 (23.1k points)
+9 votes

A two-way tie.  17 degrees to Atlee Burpee and Sara Lemmon.  The former is a 7th cousin three times removed, and the latter an 8th cousin twice removed.

I'd be curious to read Sara Plummer Lemmon's Marine Algae of the West, but so far I haven't found it.

Does Martha Stewart really belong with this group?  I may be wrong, but it seems that her real expertise is in marketing and promotion, rather than gardening, cooking, or tiling pools with credit card fragments.

by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 3 (31.7k points)
+6 votes

19 degrees from Sarah Plummer Lemmon

23 degrees from Atlee Burpee

24 degrees from Sir Joseph Banks

25 degrees from William Herbert Purvis

26 degrees from Albert Spear Hitchcock

28 degrees from Pierre Leveque de Vilmorin

29 degrees from Carl Linnaeus von Linne

30 degrees from Liberty Bailey

34 degrees from Martha Stewart

36 degrees from Gregor Mendel

38 degrees from Martin Mobius

by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Mach 5 (54.0k points)
+6 votes
Looks like I share an ancestor with Atlee Burpee! How cool!
by Taylor Satterthwaite G2G2 (2.5k points)

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