The TRAVELLERS of Middle Tennessee refer to a family of horses considered by authorities of their time to be the greatest group of saddle animals that ever lived.  The head of the family was McMEEN'S TRAVELLER, without question one of the most outstanding sires of saddle horses that America has produced.   

This Middle Tennessee family is not to be confused with the mount used by General Robert E. Lee during the Civil War.   While many of McMEEN'S TRAVELLER's colts distinguished themselves in that war, no evidence has been found which would tie Lee's horse to the Middle Tennessee family.  In fact, one Thomas L. Broun, writing July, 1898, issue of "THE CONFEDERATE VETERAN" magazine states that he bought Lee's horse as a two year-old and that the animal was bred in Greenbriar County, Virginia, and was from the GREY EAGLE Thoroughbred family. 

Unlike some of the other family heads that contributed to the Walking Horse, the pedigree of McMEEN'S TRAVELLER was royal in nature, although there is some disagreement between breeds as to the actual carriers of the bloodline.  On his sire's side McMEEN’S TRAVELLER was by STUMP THE DEALER, by TIMOLEON, by SIR ARCHY, by DIOMED,  the Thoroughbred that won the first English Derby in 1780.  On his dam, Betsy Baker's side he traces to ALGERINE, a distinguished product of the WHIP family.   Betsy Baker was also the dam of Pat Malone F-27.   

The Foundation Walking horse descendants of McMeen’s Traveller are: Eddie Hal F-14;  General Hardee F-21; John A. F-32;  King Allen F-34;  Walter Direct F-68; Dillard Direct F-87; Billie Coffey F-92; Napoleon Direct F-94;  Eddie H. Hal F-95; John Stovall F-104;  Country Boy F-105;  Allen Brooks F-107.

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