I am aware of the Hatem brothers who went to Aleppo and Hawran, then some came back to Hammana.As far as being descendants of the original Hatem Tayy, I am not so sure.Like I said in an earlier message, the name could have been just a reference to someone who was very generous, and everyone who knew him just referred to him as "Hatem", after the poet Hatem Tayy. I knew Chafic Hatem in Lebanon; he was a lawyer and later judge, who also became head of the Court of Appeals in Lebanon until his death a few years back.One of his sons, whom I know very well, is called Adi; isn't it strange?He lived here in the US for a few years during the height of the Lebanese war, then returned to Lebanon, where he still lives.He has another brother named Jad, after his grandfather.
Yes, I heard and read a lot about Dr. George Hatem who spent most of his life in China.He was born in North Carolina where I know some of his relatives. I personally was born and raised in Beirut, but have been living in the Wash. DC area for over 20 years.My wife and I have just returned from a vacation in Lebanon. More later.Take care.