Connections between the Levite and Israelite Neviazhsky families
· Itsko son of Leib Neviazhsky - seemingly of the Israelite family originally registered in Rasein, and Hirsh Neviazhsky of the Levite family, shared a property line - i.e., their stone houses and the land they were on were next to each other in Kovna. Houses next to each other often signified that they were related, and that their property might have been one at one time.
· Even though Hirsh Neviazhsky (Levite) built and supported the Kloiz, Avraham Yitzhak Neviazhsky, his father Shlomo Zalman, and A.Y. children played important roles in the Kloiz official structure (Source: The pinkas of the Kloiz from the 19th century, where both the Levite and Israelite families play important roles.)
· Masha Neviazhsky, daughter of Levi Neviazhsky, son of Eliezer Kalman, son of A.Y. Neviazhsky, was married in Bialystock to Rabbi Avigdor Amiel, in the house of Nosel?Nissel? Neviazhsky, father of Natan Niewiazski later of Tel Aviv. Natan and his ancestors were Levites. Masha's father and family were Israelites. Natan was sure Masha and his father were related. That would mean that the Levite and Israelite Neviazhsky families were related.
· Eliezer Amiel, son of Masha bat Moshe Levi ben Eliezer Kalman Neviazhsky, wrote that: "it was always said in my parents' house that Zvi-Hirsh Neviazhsky, the founder of the kloiz, was a related (was a relative)." Eliezer went on to say that " he (i.e., Eliezer) was surprised to learn the this Zvi-Hirsh Neviazhsky was a Levite and not an Israelite." "Maybe," Eliezer continued, "that that was the reason my grandfather Moshe Levi carried the name Levi."
· Whatever the case, the name patterns in the Israelite and Levite families are different. Leib rarely appears in the Levite family; this name was very common in the Israelite family. Yechiel was the repeating name in the Levite family, and never appeared in the Israelite family.
· Check Tsipe bat Leib Neviazhsky married to a Levite Neviazhsky in Kovna.