Brief History of the Radwan Janowicz Family
The Radwan Janowicz
are the Roman Catholic American branch of the Polish
branch of an ancient Lithuanian noble family from the duchy of Samogitia, now
The Lithuanian Radwan Janowicz family give King Boleslaus’ (992-1025) Crown Chancellor, Lord Radwan, who is first documented in 1021, as the founder of their family. This Radwan (or perhaps his son) in the reign of king Bolesaus (1059-1083), received a church banner to rally his retreating troops to reattack the enemy. This effort won the battle, ex. 5.11, P. 1,2.
The oldest documentation of the Lithuanian Radwan Janowicz pedigree is from year 1494, when Wojciech, “chorazy litewski staosta kowienski” was a member of the King's delegation to
In the beginning of the 16th century younger male members of
The Radwan Janowicz
began to leave
The colonists were Boyars and were given grants of land from the King or from local Polish and Lithuanian magnets. These grants of land contained privileges and responsibilities. Originally, the colonists were all of noble families; however, later because of the Polish law to divide properties among all of the descendants, both male and female, the properties became quite small. At the beginning of the 19th century, non-noble families who acquired possession of these small farms either by inheritance or by purchase were also called Boyars. However,
they are to be distinguished from the original noble colonists
by their names. This practice was done in the most Eastern
In the 17th century a branch of the family
went as colonists to the
The Janowicz family in the Seyny province multiplied and according to Polish law, their properties were divided among all children. By the turn of the century, according to the parish records of Urdaminsk, Popiecz, Warstomina, Mikucie, Sereje, Leypuny, Lozdzieje, Wiesieje, Swieta Jeziory, etc., they had approximately 30 families of child bearing age.
Even though their properties were relatively small, the family maintained their hereditary rights and privileges as Boyars
and married primarily into other Boyar
families. This is clearly demonstrated
in the 1751 tax records and privilege lists from the
When a Janowicz property owner had no immediate heirs, the property remained in the family going to nephews, cousins, etc. This explains why there were frequent changes of residences between villages and within a village itself.
believe that the Radwan family originally came from
There has been no definitive work done on the Radwan Janowicz family, (Lithuanian or Tartar). They are, of course, mentioned in most of the Polish, Lithuanian, and Tartar Armorials, n. 24.1; n. 24.2; n. 24.20; n. 24.25.