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Explorer, Richard Halliburton
As further evidence that everyone in Haywood County, Tenn. is related in one way or another, I just stumbled across the fact that the famous explorer Richard Halliburton, who was from Haywood County, does occupy a very, very...very distant twig on my family tree.
I blogged about Halliburton back in February of 2012 and then my family and I paid a visit to his grave in Memphis.
"He was the most famous man of the early twentieth century. Or one of the most famous. He rivaled Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh in popularity. He traveled the word and wrote about it in best selling books. You might say he invented "adventure travel," by doing such things as diving into a cenotes or well in an ancient Mayan site and registering as a ship and swimming the Panama Canal. He at least created the new era of travel writing." Source
This weekend I began researching the Forrest line of my family tree. My third great-grandmother was Ann M. Forrest and, when you're from the South and you have a Forrest in your line, you do wonder, if THAT Forrest is hiding behind the branches somewhere.
Anyway, it doesn't look like that's the case.
However, it does turn out that my third-great grandmother's niece, Sarah Frances Forrest (my second cousin, four times removed) was married to James C. Neely.
Their daughter, Anna Mae Neely, married William Robert Halliburton. Of course, as soon as I saw that name, I was hopeful I would run into Richard Halliburton in there somewhere.
It turns out, his second great-grandfather and the second great-grandfather of the explorer Richard Halliburton were brothers.
It's always fun to find an interesting connection to a historic figure in your line, no matter how distant. Even better when they aren't a controversial slave trader who started the KKK.
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