1. Hi cousin.The five Yavner brothers (Barney, Phillip, William, Louis and Jack) were very close from their boyhood in Russia, through their removal to NYC 1887 and old age.Barney, Phipps, Louey and Jack bought farms in Connecticut, though, as I hear, Louey had more of a summer place and was not a serious farmer.My great-grandfather William (Willy, Pops) remained in NYC. 2.Records have been kept by several branches of the family and my mother and grandmother (your mother's first cousin) are still in touch with most branches including the elder, Barney Yavener family in Florida. 3. Mortsch Yitzak Yavener or Yavner lived in Vilno, Lithuania, c. 1850.His son: 4. Moshe Mendel Yavener/Yavner, c. 1847-1887, md. Shtiarer Bache, daughter of Welwel, cousin of Jules Simon Bache, lived in Shveksna, Lithuania (then Russia) on the German border; sold agricultural impliments and commodities, smuggled horses and other wares.After his death, to avoid the draft of younger sons in the czar's army, widow took the boys to NYC.Most settled in CN. 5. Name Yavener or Yavner depends on transliteration from Hebrew (there is a half vowel between v and n) means "someone from Yab'neh" in Israel.Now "a gas station in the dessert," once the center of Rabbinic Judaism. 6. Legends in Talmud about the origin of the name after the fall of Jerusalem, see my other posting, and family oral history or speculations on subsequent moves.