Dear G. Battah, I was surprised to know about you and happy to find you.To the best of my knowlege, there is only one Battah in the world.He is my great great grand father.His real name was Isaiah, however because of his great physical strength he was given the name "Battah" which means in Arabic the one who pins his opponent down.Back in the 1800s, villages in Northern Iraq and Southern Turky used to hold friendly annual wrestling matches and they send their best to the competition.Isaiah was never beaten and he became the champion of his people in the village of "Telcafe" in northern Iraq which means Hill of Freedom.Our heritage is "Chaldean" and our language is Aramaic whichoriginates in Babylon and we became christians long long time ago.There are many people today speak the Aramaic language in countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Armenia and a huge concentration in Detroit, Michigan that have schools and churches that speaks the Aramaic language. Battah had three sons, Yuosif (Joseph) who is my great grand father, Mansour and another "son" that I don't know his name (but I believe I can find out from relatives in Detroit) who left to reside in Lebanon around 1850.His son may well be your grand father John Battah who moved to Canada at the end of last century.Many of those who migrated to Canada ended up going to Detroit around the turn of the century to look for jobs in the automotive industry.That's why there are so many of their decendents living in Detroit today. Let me list for you my genealogy: -Isaiah "Battah" born around 1800 - my great great grandfather.Had 3 sons and ? daughter. -Yousif "Joseph" born around 1830 - my great grandfather.Had one son and ? daughters. -Girgis "George" born around 1865 - my grandfather.Had 6 sons and 2 daughters. -Jamil "James" born 1901 - my father (#7).had 4 sons and 2 daughters. -Samuel "Sam" born 1950 (#5).I have 1 son and 2 daughters.Todays Battahs are found in Canada, USA (Michigan, Kentucky, California, Virginia, Florida), New Zealand, Australia, Iraq, Lebanon and who knows where else. I am sorry I don't know much more about the Lebanese Battahs other than what I told you and I certainly don't know about the Chemaye's family.however, I do have relatives in Lebanon who are from the Antoon family that may know about them. But one thing I can tell you is that we should be very proud of our great great grandfather and our heritage. Please keep in touch and I hope you find my information helpful and interesting. God bless.