Vazhavelil is a Christian Denomination Family at Puthuppally, Kottayam. They live on agriculture from 18th Century onwards. Initially the lived near the current Panjayath Auditorium, afterwards, at Kavalchira. Later they moved to Keezhaattinkunnu area (current Vazhavelil Padi).
The name should have been coined by Kaippanattu Estate Owners, who has given the land for cultivation to its tenants. The land where they lived was termed as Vazha-Velil - meaning in among the Banana Fence. The name is living from late 19th Century (afaik).
In the beginning of 20th Century, Ousep, who was a farmer (Kalappoottukaran) was a hard worker, who married Eli. Ousep cultivated all across the lands of Vennimala, Payyappadi, Puthuppally, and hence was relatively richer than other people of his kind. He raised his heir and gave utmost importance to education. He was a Christian believer and worked hard to raise the kids in the most proper way. His son, V J Joseph was extremely brilliant and was the topper in schools, colleges. In between opportunities V J Joseph chose to stay back in India and serve the nation and his land. He dropped his job of Forester and chose to be a teacher. He joined Catholic Mission of Education and was head master in a very short span and server many schools under Pala Athiroopatha. After Ousep, Joseph lead the family at Vazhavelil. V J Joseph passed away in 2012 owing to poor health at 95.
V J Joseph's son left the family amidst malacies and it was his daughter who took care of the family thereafter. One of his daugther died (bleeding) at a very young age and left the family with 2 kids. Her husband left the kids with the grand parents. Josephs daughters gave utmost priority in raising the kids and gave them the same importance as their kids.
His eldest daughers husband, John Mathai took prime responsibility of the familys spending and resulted in becoming the backbone. He left his home at Kottarakkara and served the family at Kottayam. It is remarkable that John took care of Josephs all needs during the last decade and Joseph was quite happy about it.
In the 21st Century, Santhi V Joseph and John Mathai is the back bone of the Vazhavelil family, supported immensely by Sheeba V Joseph and her family. Joseph passed away at the Vazhavelil House which Santhi and John Mathai built.