I've just been revisiting this board and rereading some of the messages and it's very interesting. We know that the VA Yavners and the MA Yavners are related *somehow* because elders of both families remember "the cousins" coming for visits. We know that David, Fruma and Simon (all residing in the Boston area) were siblings. We know that Julius (in VA) was not a sibling as his gravestone has a different patronymic than the other three. Yet they were somehow related.
The Montreal Yavners, or at least some of them, are descended from Morris Yavner, the son of Simon Yavner. Morris was born in MA but immigrated to Canada. There are border crossing records showing that he returned to the states several times to visit his sister, Fannie. It also seems that his younger brother, Benjamin, may have also immigrated to Canada.
Now we have the NY Yavners who remember the Montreal Yavners as relatives, but don't know of the connection to the MA and VA Yavners.
I would be very interested in discovering the connection between all three (MA, VA and NY) Yavner families. It is such an uncommon surname that I feel we must all be related. I urge each of you to "pick the brains" of the oldest members of your families while you still have the chance. I only wish that someone had done so a generation ago.
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