About the Horany's
Ben Ghasan, The Tribe of Ghasan, Our Forefathers, originally dwelt in the South Eastern part of Arabia in the year 200 A.D. The reason they were called Beni Ghasan is because a dam burst in part of Yemen, and they had to leave that country and come as immigrants to the Western part of Syria. They settled in the land of Houran (Haran, spelled in the Bible), which is located South of Damascus, Syria. They arrived west of Arabia, and camped around a spring of water called the Ghasan Spring-thus the name Beni Ghasan.
The Moslem historian used to call them the Christian Arab, and this goes back to the year 200 A.D. Therefore and according to Arabic historians, we have come from the Christian stock from the beginning of time, and we have kept our faith in spite of the Moslem invasion of the Middle East in 637 A.D.
Some of the tribes stayed in the land of Houran until this time, and some of them came west near the shores of the Mediterrean Sea. Part of them settled in Merjyoun, and some of them went North to Homs, in northern Syria, and they are still there today. In fact, on one recent trip back to the old country, one of our now deceased relatives met a great Syrian leader named Akram Hourani.
The names of the families who settled in Merjyoun are: Hourani, the Jabara, the Cholmia, the Bayouth, the Razook, the Andeel, the Rashid, the Naifeh, the Barkat, the Farha, the Hamara, the Farhood, the Rahal, The Theeba, and the Mathey.
The reason our family has maintained the name Hourani is because our family is the last family to leave Houran-this is the reason that we are called the Bait Hourani. This information came from documentation ordered from Cairo, Egypt.
The author of the information was one of the great Arab historians, George Zaidan, and was put in this script by our late great Uncle Haleem Horaney of Longview, Texas. To see a separate map of Lebanon and Marji'yun click image below. You will find Marji'yun in the Southeastern corner of Lebanon, approximately 40-50 miles NW of the Golan Heights.