I live in Montreal, Canada. My Battle family came from Ballymote, Co. Sligo to Quebec in 1831. My ggrabdfather remained in Quebec while his brother John went on to Toronto (then York) and during the rebellins of 1837-38 moved to Chicago and then to Dresden on the line of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. He returned to Canada in 1842 when all those implicated in the rebellion were granted amnesty and died in St. Catharines, ont. in 1843. His son James bceame the first paid chief of the Detroit Fire Department and was, as I afr as I know, the longest serving fire chief of any major city in North America. Lengthy obituaries in the Detroit Free press of 25 March 1895, 31 March 1895 and Detroit Eevening News of 28 March 1895. One of his sons, Daniel, was with the electrical department of the Chicago Fire Department at the time of James' death. He was martied, in detroit, I assume, in 1854 to Ann Moran bur I have never been able to find that marriage record or any records of the birthsd of his eleven children, only four of whom survived him. I alsohave some good info on the origin of the name and some historical notes on the family dating from Co. Sligo from 1585 - right from the horse's mouth, so to speak - the late Dr. Edward MacLysaght, late Chief Herald of Ireland and author of "Irish Families - Their Names, Arms and Origins" and of a second volume "More Irish Families". In the mid '60's when his first book came out I respectfully questioned the accuracy of the one line he had included about the origin of the name Battle. He agreed that it was wrong and - as a form of atonement, I suppose - wrote me half a dozen letters in which he gave me the results of some serious research done either by himself or by someone in his department on his behalf.I am certainly willingto share all this info with anyone of Irish Battle roots.Justin Battle.