VAHALI (Jagir)


AREA: 14,000 Acres REVENUE: xx
ACCESSION: xx
STATE: Punjab (Jhelum Dist.) DYNASTY: Thathal Jat RELIGION: Sikh



PRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: Sardar Professor RITINDER SINGH, Head of House of the Jagir of Vahali since 2000.
born 1941.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The family claims descent from Karan Mal, who held the office of Diwan under Padshah Shahjehan, and who was executed in 1675, for not converting to the Muslim faith. Jagirdars were...
  • Sardar MEHER CHANDJI, Jagirdar of Vahali, married and had issue.
    • Baba Sehaj Ramji alias Baba Sehaj Singhji (qv)
  • Baba SEHAJ RAMJI, Jagirdar of Vahali, married and had issue.
    • Sardar Bhag Singh (qv)
  • Sardar BHAG SINGH, Jagirdar of Vahali, he accompanied an army sent by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to settle the country around Jhelum; afterwards he was left in charge of a part of the Salt Range and made his headquarters in the village of Hadali, married and had issue.
    • Sardar Hara Singh (qv)
    • Shri Moti Ram, married and had issue.
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        • Sardar Kirpal Singh Johar, married and had issue.
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            • Sardar Raghunand Singh Johar, born 1931.
    • Shri Jawahar Mal, married and had issue.
    • Shri Ratan Chand, married and had issue.
  • Sardar HARA SINGH, Jagirdar of Vahali, in due course, the administration of the Salt Range was transferred by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to Raja Gulab Singh of Jammu, and when the British Government transferred Kashmir to Gulab Singh, Sardar Hara Singh accompanied him; he was appointed an official of the Darbar in 1850 by Raja Moti singh of Poonch, and was granted the village of Salolri in the Haveli Tahsil as a personal jagir; in 1865, he was made the Wazir of Poonch with the title of Sardar (later recognized as hereditary by the Government), and the village of Kalhota, was added to his jagir; married and had issue. He died 1869.
    • Sardar Bahadur Sardar Kartar Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Hari Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Jit Singh, died 1870.
    • Sardar Ram Singh, died 1870.
  • Sardar Bahadur Sardar KARTAR SINGH, Jagirdar of Vahali and Head of the Family 1869/1900, born 1859, he was appointed to the post of Mashir-khas (Private Minister), and the village of Mungbajri was assigned to him in jagir, he was subsequently appointed to the office of Madar-ul-Maham, and was granted the title orf Sardar Bahadur; he was a Provincial Darbari; married 1stly, Sardarni (name unknown) Kaur, daughter of the Sardar of Chakwal, married 2ndly, 1889, Sardarni Lachhmi Devi, and had issue, an only son. He died 1900.
    • Sardar Krishandev Singh (qv)
  • Sardar KRISHANDEV SINGH, Jagirdar of Vahali and Head of the Family 1900/1918, born 1899, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore and at the Government College, Lahore; he died in the world influenza epidemic in 1918.
  • Sardar HARI SINGH, Jagirdar of Vahali and Head of the Family 1918/1946, born 1864, a Provincial Darbari and Member of the Jhelum District Board and Cantonment Committee, a competent estate manager and philanthropist, he had donated large sums of money for charitable projects, such as famine relief, promotion of education, and health care for the sick; he had constructed schools, mosques, temples, dharamsalas, tanks and drinking fountains, and in particular a Hospital at Vahali which cost Rs6,000; married 1stly, 1872, Bibiji Lakshmi Devi, died 1912, a grand-daughter of Sardar Bishan Singh of Chutala, married 2ndly, Bibiji Heran Devi, daughter of Sardar Gurmukh Singh of Butala, and had issue. He died 1946 or 1950.
    • Sardar Amar Singh (by Sardarni Lakshmi Devi), married Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, daughter of Sardar Mahtab Singh Butala, and had issue. He died of cholera in 1899 at Benares.
      • Sardar Devinder Singh, born 1897, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; an Extra Assistant Commissioner; married Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, daughter of Sardar Bahadur Sardar Hari Singh Lamba, retired Deputy Commissioner for Criminal Tribes; and had issue.
        • Sardar Hatender Singh, born 1921, married Bibiji Jatinder Kaur Sahiba, daughter of Baba Devinder Singh Bedi (see Kallar), and had issue.
          • Bibiji Jayshri Kaur, married 1976, Captain S.S. Brar, and has issue, one daughter.
            • Bibiji Bani Kaur
          • Sardar Dalbir Singh, married 1984, Bibiji Renu Kaur Sahiba.
        • Bibiji Parminder Kaur, married and had issue.
        • Bibiji Gajinder Kaur
      • Sardar Surinder Singh, born 1899, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore and at an agricultural college in England; he was involved with scientific farming on a large scale in Montgomery District; married Bibiji Sumitra Kaur Saheba, daughter of Sardar Jhanda Singh Chimni, and had issue.
        • Bibiji Rupinder Kaur, married Sardar Narinder Singh Oberoi, and has issue, four children.
        • Sardar Harinder Singh, born 1937, married and had issue, three children.
          • Sardar Shailender Singh
    • Sardar Gurbachan Singh (by Sardarni Lakshmi Devi), died of cholera in 1899 at Benares.
    • Sardar Darshan Singh (by Sardarni Lakshmi Devi) (qv)
    • Bibiji Rajinder Kaur Sahiba (by Sardarni Heran Devi), married Sodhi Mohinder Singh of Sultan Khan Wala (see Buttar), and had issue.
    • Bibiji Sudarshan Kaur Sahiba (by Sardarni Heran Devi), married Major-General Harkirat Singh.
    • Sardar Sarvinder Singh (by Sardarni Heran Devi), born 1919, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore and at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehra Dun;
    • Bibiji Maninder Kaur Sahiba (by Sardarni Heran Devi), married Sardar Nirpal Singh Lamba, born 1923.
  • Sardar DARSHAN SINGH, Jagirdar of Vahali and Head of the Family 1946/1962, born 1891, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore (Certificate) and at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester and the Middle Temple in London, he earned the Diploma (M.R.A.S.) with First Class Honours in 1913, and was called to the Bar in 1922; he was appointed to the Indian Agricultural Service and was posted to the Hansi Circle as Deputy  Director of Agriculture; he attended the 1911 Coronation both in London and Delhi; he was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935; married 1stly, Bibiji Iqbal Kaur Sahiba, born 1894, died 1939, daughter of Tikka Ram Narain Singh Sodhi of Anandpur and a grand-daughter of Sir Baba Khem Singh Bedi of Kallar, married 2ndly, 1940, Sardarani Mohinder Kaur, born 1915, died 1993, daughter of Sardar Ram Rakha Singh Bedi of Rampur and grand-daughter of Sardar Narindar Singh Sodhi Kuraliwala of Anandpur, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 9th November 1962.
    • Air Commodore Sardar Ravinder Hari Darshan Singh (qv)
    • Bibiji Harinder Kaur, born 1919, winner of the Lady Hailey Cup successively for two years, married Sardar Kapur Singh of the Indian Civil Service, and had issue.
      • Sardar Inderjit Singh, born 1941.
    • Sardar Ominder Hari Darshan Singh, born 1923, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore; married 1stly, married Sardarani Mohinder Kaur, born 1928, daughter of Guru Baldev Singh, a descendant of Guru Jawahar Singh of Daun Sahib, married 2ndly, 1953, Sardarani Harjinder Kaur, daughter of Sardar Bharpur Singh Bedi of Rampur, and had issue.
      • Kumari Bibiji Amritpal Kaur, married Sardar Sukhbir Singh Sodhi, Architect from Patiala, and has issue.
        • Sardar Prabh Singh Sodhi
        • Kumari Bibiji Harleen Kaur
      • Kumari Bibiji Gurmeet Kaur, married Sardar Jagjeet Singh of Ropar.
    • Bibiji Naripender Kumari (by Sardarani Mohinder Kaur), born 1943, married 1962, Sardar Manmohan Singh Uppal of Amritsar, and has issue, three children.
      • Sardarni Reema Kaur, married Sardar Satwant Singh
      • Sardar Vikram Singh Uppal
      • Sardar Mandhir Singh Uppal
    • Sardar Mokshinder Singh (by Sardarani Mohinder Kaur), born 26th June 1952, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla (1965); married 20th February 1977, Sardarni Renu Kaur, daughter of Sardar Narindra Singh Pujji, and his wife, Sardarni Gusharan Kaur, and has issue.
      • Kumari Priyneha Kaur, born 1980, Journalist and Lawyer; married Kumar Dr. Amitsinhji Arunsinhji Gohil, and has issue, two children.
        • Akaal Singh Gohil, born in 2010.
        • Shaan Singh Gohil, born in 2012.
      • Kumari Simran Kaur, born 1983.
      • Sardar Dilveer Singh, born 1985, educated at Bishop Cotton School, Simla (2003) and at John Hopkins College, USA.
  • Air Commodore Sardar RAVINDER HARI DARSHAN SINGH (Photo), Head of the Family 1962/2000, born in November 1914, educated at Aitchison College, Lahore (Diploma, 1931) and at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehra Dun; while at school, he was a distinguished sportsman and won the Bronze Medal and the Life Saving Certificate from the Royal Life Saving Society of England; he became one of the youngest pilots at the age of 17 years to earn an "A" Class Pilot certificate; he was commissioned into the I.A.F. from R.A.F. Cranwell in 1935 and served with the No.1 Squadron in NWFP, later he served with a Coastal Defence Flight during WWII, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Advanced Flying School, Air Officer Commanding of Training Command 1948/1952, Secretary of the All-India National League of Airmen; Principle Staff Officer at Air HQ, holding the positions of Air Officer Incharge, Technical and Equipment services and later as Air Officer Incharge of Personnel and Organisation, retired in 1958; he married Sardarni Brijinder Kaur, born 1918, daughter of Col. HH Farzand-i-Dilband Rasikh-ul-Itikad Daulat-i-Inglishia Raja-i-Rajgan Maharaja Sir Ranbir Singh Rajendra Bahadur of Jind, and his wife, HH Maharani Deepkumar Kaur of Jind, sister of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh of Hathras, and had issue. He died 2000.
    • Bibiji Yadvinder Kumari, born 1938, married 1959, Shri Anant Prakash Taneja, two sons and a daughter.
    • Sardar Prof. Ritinder Singh (qv)
  • Sardar Professor RITINDER SINGH, Head of the Family (see above)