He was the second son of
Andrei Fedorovich, appanage prince of Starodub. He
became appanage prince of Pozhar, when this udel was created for him. His son
was Daniil, appanage prince of Pozhar. The family is
shown on this chart.
The Pozharski udel was based on the village Pogar or village or the region of
Pozhar south and south west of Starodub. When Vasilii's descendents lost udel
rights is not known. But Daniil was still a udel prince while his son, Fedor,
Danilovich was not. The Pozharski princes suffered during the reign of Ivan IV,
but regained some prominence in the person of Dmitrii Mikhailovich (1578 -
1642) during the reigns of Boris Gudonov and Vasilii Shuiski. Dmitrii
Mikhailovich was so well thought of as a leader and military commander that he
was elected by the leaders of the popular militia at Nizhni Novgorod to lead
the Russian forces in their campaign to drive the Poles out of Moscow, which he
succeeded in doing. With the death of Yuri Ivanovich in 1685 the Pozharski
family came to an end.