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
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.