|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.
- 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, 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
- Sardar Hara Singh (qv)
- Shri Moti Ram, married and had issue.
- Sardar Kirpal Singh Johar, married and had
- 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
- 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
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
- Bibiji Jayshri Kaur, married 1976, Captain
S.S. Brar, and has issue, one daughter.
- 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
- 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 Gurbachan Singh (by Sardarni Lakshmi Devi),
died of cholera in 1899 at Benares.
- Sardar Darshan Singh (by Sardarni Lakshmi Devi)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Sardarni Reema Kaur, married Sardar
- 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