I read a really interesting new article today on James Holman, the "Blind Traveler". Being blind myself, I was fascinated with the story of a totally blind man circumnavigating the globe in the 1800s. Apparently he was fairly well known in the early 1800s, though fell into near obscurity since then. Here is the article: http://mentalfloss.com/article/502774/blind-traveler-how-james-holman-felt-his-way-around-world-become-historys-most
I just created a WikiTree profile for him and, obviously, he's going to need some connecting. It doesn't appear he married or had children, so I suppose the connection would probably be through his siblings. Another article I found through a quick Google search indicates he was the 4th of 6 sons and his father was an apothecary.
Here is what I have so far for Sources (I am not 100% sure on the baptismal record - it is the only James Holman I found born in Exeter at that time, though.)
• James Holman Wikipedia page:
• The Blind Traveler by Lucas Reilly, Accessed August 29th, 2017:
• "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (
: 30 December 2014, James Holman, 19 Nov 1786); citing SAINT PETROCK,EXETER,DEVON,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society
of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 916,838.
• "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (
: 29 July 2017), James Holman, New Windsor With Dedworth, Berkshire, England; citing New Windsor With Dedworth, Berkshire, England, p. 3, from "1851 England,
Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (
: n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
• "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (
: 13 December 2015), James Holman, ; Burial, Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England, Highgate Cemetery (West); citing record ID 10564,
Find a Grave,