Much love from Feival (Cussin) Morrison and Craig Coussins
Please send any updates to Craig
We have reduced the home page The reason
was that there were very few updates
We have now returned the site to being a reference library. We have managed to locate some
tapes of some of our ancestors and these voices are stored in a link further down the page.
A treasure of memory where we can hear their voices again.
Please feel free to contact Craig or Feivel for any information . However, please see that
everything we presently know about our families are on this website.
If any updates appear these will remain
for a short period before being archived.
website like this is meant to be full of memories. Both from
ourselves and the family who went before us.
from Feivel Morrison:
RAY COUSSINS: WWW.THEPIANOPLAYER.BIZ
I managed to put together some tapes that I found of my brother Ray playing. My friend Kevin Baillie, a Video and Media professional, transcribed these into a format that was easier to download and play. These tapes are the 1980's recordings and each are connected by a dropbox link. These should be easily accessed by clicking the link.
Raymond Coussins started playing from a very early age being one of the youngest people to achieve Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. At age 12 he was already a guest pianist with the Scottish Philharmonic and he went on to study and develop his skills as a Jazz Pianist while always retaining his love for Classical. Ray has his own website hosted on the this site: www.thepianoplayer.biz
Ray met some of New York's and Americas most famous musicians including Errol Garner who would sometimes sit beside him and play. He came to the attention of Jillys long time friend Frank Sinatra who subsequently employed Ray during Rays years in Las Vegas to play at his many events. Some of this were public and almost every one of Mr Sinatra's private events where Ray met many of his musical heroes and songwriters.
Moving from Vegas to Vegas on the high seas, Ray now plays for Princess Cruise Lines where he holds a star Spot with his show Tribute to Sinatra'
(Rizzo opened Jilly's Saloon, a lounge on West 49th Street, then moved to 256 West 52nd Street at the intersection with Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Jilly's Saloon was a popular celebrity hangout in the 1960s. Rizzo's long-time friend Frank Sinatra frequented the lounge. Rizzo later became one of Sinatra's chief aides. Rizzo was also a frequent guest on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, where he would recite one liners in his monotone New York accent.)
I also located a video shot by a guest of Princess Cruise Lines.
This is a short video of the incredible Ray Coussins.
This video was taken with a camera and so the quality is not that great but he was incredible.
He is performing George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.https://youtu.be/ZqMrX4eQaAw
An early recording from a 1967 song: Mercy Mercy Mercy https://youtu.be/YxWKdWOLnkE
Ray Coussins - One mint julep -https://youtu.be/aBl3b_EWmbA
And now the 1980/s recently discovered recordings
Monday 23rd November:
Our joint and heartfelt condolences to my sister in law Suzanne Coussins whose mum just died last week. Her father, the very lovely Ken, is in a very serious state having suffered a serious physical breakdown. He is 89 so we hope that his recovery will be soon and we hope that Suzanne and Paul's stress levels will be short.
The expression in Modern Hebrew is הַחְלָמָה מְהִירָה – / re'fu'â sh'lema literally, a speedy recovery.
4th of March 2016:
We would like to offer the family of our cousins
We send our support and wish then a long life,
Biz hundert un tsvantsik to Marlyn, Eric and
their youngest daughter Lauren at this sad time.
I have sent this email to a specific group of immediate
family and those that have met Marilyn recently.
Please pass this on to other whom you know are aware of Marlyn and Erics Children.
Beverly Benson: daughter of Marlyn and Eric, Marlyn daughter of
Leslie and Sylvia Coussins. Brothers Jack, Leslie and Harry Coussins,
three sons of Louis Robert Coussins son of Abraham Cusson
May Beverly be at peace.שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם
LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF YOUR ANCESTORS
And further to a request, here are the complete MP3 copies of the Coussins family tapes from 1967 to 1969 as sent to me when I was in both South Africa and in Israel. I was still a fairly young kid at that time living in South Africa for almost four years but I certainly had an interesting life with many adventures and some memories to think about, good and bad. Some I regret and had to learn to live with. Not all perfect by any means but a life that was mostly interesting. Strange to think that was almost 50 years ago, half a century
Coussins Family Tapes 1967 -1969
Try this out. I hope it works. I have managed to trace a long lost tape with the voices of Esther and Tommy Coussins who lived in Israel dating from 1967.
Followed by Louis Robert Coussins, my grandfather whom we called Pappa, speaking to me on the best way to look after his garden and fruit. He was a great raconteur and story teller who amused and educated his family and especially his grandchildren. An amazing horticulturist, he grew beautiful flowers and fruit at their home in Southwick, Sussex. Then my grandmother Rebecca (Leba) Coussins whose Edinburgh accent never left her. After this Pappa speaks for a while then we have Harry Coussins, my uncle and my fathers brother. Harry was more than that to me as he was a personal friend and confident. We spent a lot of time together when I lived in London and he was going through a state of flux after separating from Pam. He found deep solace and everlasting friendship when he met the equally wonderful Josie with whom he spent the rest of his life. Harry and I were really close. His first wife Pamela, Ricky and Denises mother, then speaks, with her amazing and almost BBC English RADA voice followed by my lovely cousin Ricky, their son. All living in the Southwick Sussex area Brighton during the 1960's.
While our two Racussin brothers Hyman and Abraham, immigrants from Zagares in the early 1890's, settled in the Gorbals in Glasgow, some of the family went to South America, some to Russia and others to equally exotic Manchester in England.
However, I was also pointed in the direction of an article by Ian R. Mitchell on the Gorbals History and here is an extract;
A little south Cavendish Street, where Eglinton Street and the Gorbals - ends at St Andrews Cross, lies a row of rather scruffy shops. Here until 1992 one of the premises housed the offices of the Jewish Echo, Glasgow's own English-language weekly Jewish newspaper, published since 1928, when it replaced earlier Yiddish publications. As the Glasgow middle classes left Laurieston, their houses became sub let and occupied by new arrivals, amongst whom the Jews from eastern Europe were to be the most prominent. By 1885 half the children at Gorbals Primary School were Jewish. The community about 10,000 souls - was large enough to support the building of a synagogue in South Portland Street, the establishment of a Talmud Torah school and a Zionist reading room. But organisations which integrated the Jews into Glasgow life were also founded, such as the Oxford Star Football team, and the Jewish Lads Brigade, which boasted the only all-Jewish pipe band in the world. Greens Kosher Hotel in Abbotsford Place was a point of arrival or transit for many Jews fleeing persecution first from Czarist Russia and then from Nazi Germany. Glasgow Council organised meetings in 1892 to protest against persecution of the Jews in Russia, and in 1933 boycotted German goods in protest against Hitlers anti-Semitism. Many of the Jews worked in the sweated trades and were active in the early trades union and socialist movement, like Manny Shinwell Glasgow's adoptive Jew and Red Clydesider, while others like Isaac Woolfson made their mark on the business world or in the arts, such as the sculptor Benno Schotz.
At the gushet of St Andrews Cross, Pollokshaws Road leads back north towards the Gorbals, passing the fine old Abbotsford School (up for sale) on our left, set amidst piecemeal housing development and land that has lain derelict for over 30 years before arriving at Gorbals Street, where we enter territory with a much more ancient pedigree than Laurieston, which we have just walked through.
The Gorbals has medieval origins, and was at one time Glasgow's leper colony. It grew to a population of 5000 by 1800, and had swelled to 36,000 by the time it was annexed by Glasgow in 1846. At this time Gorbals Cross was still a cluster of buildings many dating from the seventeenth century. But the old baronial dwellings had been subdivided into festering slums and the back lands were breeding grounds of squalor. This situation worsened when Gorbals became one of the favoured settlement areas for the impoverished Irish immigrants who poured into Scotland from the 1840s. One observer commented,
We are really grieved to part with some of these old landmarks of the city, and we cannot help urging the proprietors of such houses as exist to pay some little attention to them, and above all to prevent them falling prey to the hordes of Irish immigrants who have a fancy to burrow in these ancient spots.
But those which did not fall into ruin were swept away by the City Improvement Trust from the 1870s, and by 1900 the area around Gorbals Street was entirely tenement built. The amazing thing is that this Gorbals too has almost totally vanished in its turn. On Gorbals Street remains one empty and derelict tenement, and nothing else, except at its southern end a pub which brazenly states its allegiances to Celtic F.C. (unsurprising given the fact that Celtic greats Pat Crerand and Charlie Gallacher hailed from the Gorbals though its most famous sporting son was the boxer Benny Lynch, now commemorated in Benny Lynch Court in Hutchiesontown), and the shell of the former Citizens Theatre, which has had its exterior in the form of a set of statues, moved inside for safe keeping!
Links:Gorbals Images- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl5q19ZJvFI
Feivel and I have always said that having a photo to remind us of happy times helps to keep the memories that were shared with us through our loved ones, to remain alive and to continue to be part of not only our own lives but right through to those in and from our families that follow us.
A very nice lady sent this to me today while going through her mums personal; effects. It was of the lady’s mother when she was 4 and in the Sadie Simpson School of Dancing back in 1934. They were doing one of her staged weddings, a popular item on her dance displays for many years. When someone in Royalty got married there was always a big thing in the news and n Radio and then television. The Sadie Simpson School usually replicated this as a current act with the smaller kids. I was cupid in one and so were my two brothers at some stage. I even have a film of one of these weddings with Paul aged around three dancing around in his little silk cupid with a bow made from a coat hanger. Mind you I also have one of these as a studio shot with me in a similar costume. Surprised that wearing all this costumes that we did not grow up as a mannish depressives with delusions of gender.
was looking through my late mothers things and I have a little something to
show you from my mums childhood that she absolutely treasured. A
picture from the Daily Record showing a wedding scene from Miss Sadie
Simpsons pupils dancing display held in St Mungos Halls (I've looked that up
- seems it was a beautiful building in Ballater Steet).
Hope it is of interest to you - my mum was very proud of it “
I replied: “How wonderful this is to see my mother...standing on the extreme right hand side. 1933-34?
She just met my father, Jack Coussins, around then so this would be before she got married in 1938.
This is, indeed, such a beautiful memory that I can share with my family all over the world.
We have a family archive which forms part of our genealogy research. I have been working on this, sometimes thankless, task for nearly 20 years but getting these sparkling jewels is like finding lost treasure and I truly thank you so very much for thinking about sending this to us.
Anything else that you can add to our trove of memories will be extremely well received.
Published on Oct 15, 2015
From the Zagare Facebook pages I have gleaned some interesting images:
Old Zagare and New Zagare had by this time circa 1910 become one town.
Helene Borøchstein Bjørbak Fantastic
for me to see the old days of my grandfathers hometown.
kultūros dienos Žagarėje, 2015 rugsėjo 9-11 d.
To Daniel and Elina, a Daughter
From the hospital to the home, a short photo essay introducing Nessa Abigail to our world.
From all of us to the newer members of our family. we wish you a long and happy life.
מַזָּל טוֹב (נַטְרֵיה רַחֲמָנָא וּבַרְכֵיה (נ - Natreih Raamana u-varkhei
From Meradyth in California we have received some more images
to add to information on our cousin Billy Curtis.
Here is his page link: http://www.coussins.org/Family/curtis.htm
These are thumbnail Pix-Click for larger images.
Please go to our link here for the images of this
which for us was a wonderful day.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 23:09
From a bitter sweet visit to Canada to receiving the most
Shona Tova card from our daughter-in-law Elina and our son Daniel.
From Feival and Denise Morrison
Shortly after Feivels visit to his Brother, on the 20th of November 2014, Stan passed away in the arms of his family.
my young brother is no more. He passed away peacefully in
the arms of his wife and partner, Jani, in the early hours
of Thursday morning 20th November in Vancouver
Married to Jani for over 40 years and giving him three daughters, Jackie, Cigalle and Gali, a son Allon and blessed with seven grandchildren, those were his assets, he always said, but the love and respect between he and his wife, was the glue that put it all together.
I enjoyed the times they came to Glasgow and stayed with us, before going off to Bristol to see their daughter Gali and her 2 young sons, then off to Montreal to see their daughter Jackie and her three daughters.
Not to forget his sons in law and daughter in law, to whom he was loved and respected.
Finally, to Jani, for being his wife, loving mother to their children, great, loving and kind sister in law to Denise and I, further more, I know he was safe, comfortable and secure in your arms in his final moments, as he always knew he would be.
We will miss him terribly, but I would say to him, how beautiful it was to be loved by you.
May you all have a sweet, safe Shabbat and hold your loved ones that little bit closer.
Philip and Denise :November-2014
Stanley Morrison, Rest in Peace. You will always be with us dear Stan.
Feival visited his brother Stanley, last week in Vancouver. Stanley has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) known in the UK as Motor Neuron Disease. As this is a terminal disease, it was naturally very important for Feival to make this sweet and sour visit. We are all with you Stanley and our thoughts for you and your beautiful family are uppermost in our minds.
I want to write long tracts of words that translate my emotions. Words that try to explain what it is that I feel
It is pointless other than three words that really say everything that I want to say to Stanley and Feival.
I love you.
She does not have a huge output and writes quality rather than quantity.
Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer
Prize for General Nonfiction
"Write as if you were dying.
At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients.
That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon?
What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage
by its triviality?"
Joel appeared in his schools play at the 2014 festival in Edinburgh. It was his last performance before studying in Dublin later this year.http://www.coussins.org/Joel.htm is a photomontage page of his show.
Ricky, Joel, Rachel, Sharon and Feival.
More pix on the Link but here are some meantime:
Sharon, Rachel, Ricky and Joel Coussins at Rachel's Batmitsvah in January 2014
2014: A small gathering of the Coussins family Ricky&Sharon
Coussins. Paul &Suzanne Coussins and Pauls daughter Carly
Coussins. Ricky and Paul are the great grandsons of Abraham
They were joined by Feival and Denise Morrison , son Daniel and his wife Elena. Feival is the grandson of Abrahams brother Hyman.
The family met for lunch in London in January after Ricky and Sharons daughter Rachel Coussins Batmitsvah.
This is a terracotta group dating from the 18th century. It s of a trio of Zapushniks. I had a new stand made for the group. Why? Well one of the professions that we as Coussins.Cussins etc seem to have undertaken is shoe making and shoe repair-The Russian for Shoe repairer is Zapushnik. We have a long line of Zapushniks in the family including myself , a Zapushnik for almost 50 years. I recently retired but my speciality was making ballet, Highland and Irish Dance Shoes. And yes, I am proud to say that a Coussins did indeed make nearly all the shoes for Riverdance and the like. And that's no blarney either. My website for the retired is here, www.craigcoussinsdesign.com in case you need to trip the light fantastic. 'I can get it for you wholesale!'
(You can click the thumbnail of the terracotta group to make it full size)
We really need some new updates or this page will become redundant folk. Literally. This is not just a site for Feivel and me.
I have offered up a new PowerPoint presentation to try to keep the website alive.
Keeping this website, an extremely large undertaking, is both time consuming and costly so please support
this by sending me images and updates we can publish for the family. In the short term please send Feival and me a email to confirm interest.
Coussins family pages:http://www.itsourfamily.com
New link to PowerPoint presentation on building our tree
Click on link:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/82585990/Its%20our%20Family%20Edit.pptx
Click on Slide show which is the 7thheading across on the top list of the window
this makes a wee drop down choice and on the extreme left then click on From beginning-Craig
Passover 5773, Feival Morrison, Myrna Balin, Denise Morrison, Svetlana and Craig Coussins
"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."
-- Khalil Gibran
Craig had a visit from his
Grandchildren Hannah, Jessica and Sophie.
The children of his daughter Rebecca and her husband Chris.
My son Keith and grandson Max who visited me in March 2012
from left to right Elena(Elinas' mother) Denise, Philip, Ilya (Elinas' Father) Diana(Ilyas' second wife) Daniel and Elina
My son Daniel has just got engaged to Elina and this was the first time that the families had met each other
Update: They got married of course. The wedding was held in
Israel and the couple are now living happily in London. Our
dearest blessings of happiness go to them
26th September 2011
26th August 2011
I have decided to come clean on my religious beliefs.
I go to Shul (Synagogue) regularly, every Shabbat and every High Holiday, I wear Teffilim (Phylacteries: that's the little black boxes you see on the forehead and arm of Jewish men at prayer during the week).
My Tallit (Prayer Shawl) is old and covers my head and shoulders and is very heavy with the tradition and guilt of thousands of years of persecution and when I see the photographs of Jews murdered in their Prayer Shawls during the Pogroms in Russia or Lithuania or in Poland and in many other countries, then it is good enough for me to wear it in their name and not necessarily G-ds.
And so to the reason I am coming clean is as follows. I am convinced about the tradition, but not so about the Dogma and that is the riddle wrapped in the enigma.
I am so happy about the tradition because it's more about love, happiness, warmth and Roast Chicken (Here I go with the chicken again), whereas, the Dogma is about destroyed temples, sacrifices, wandering in the desert for more than 40 years and then being handed in tablet format (not PDF) a bunch of commandments about, thou shalt not do this or that, altogether unhappy events, not all, but most.
So, as I sit in my usual seat, trying to figure all this out, gold is now $1850 an ounce, Greece has gone Mechula (Bankrupt), riots in London, fighting in Lybia, massacres in Syria, starvation and drought in Africa and Footballers earning £300 thousand a week, maybe it's not a bad idea wearing the Prayer Shawl and Teffilim and forgetting this Meshugga(crazy) world we are in for a few hours every day.
Therefore, on a Shabbat as this, take time to look at the peace you have with your family around you, the love you share, and the Roast Chicken (again)
I wish all of you good health and joy
Philip, Denise, Daniel and Elina
Zaide*, my dearest Zaide,
I loved you, still do, still cry unashamedly every now and then thinking of you. Never was scared with you around, certainly got scared when you weren't.
I never asked you about your more than 70 years marriage with Bobba, I just remember how dignified you were at her passing, standing straight and tall, with only the tears running down your face suggesting any pain. She loved your children and grandchildren, Zaide, kept them warm, well fed and clean and that is almost all a man wants from his wife, the fact that you did a lot of the cooking would circumvent anyone remarking that you were a little chauvinistic, a little like most of the Coussin/Coussins /Cussin men. I too miss her so very much. When she would wrap her arms around me and whisper "Feivele mein Feivele, Dof gayin meshugga ober dir."*
I am writing this Zaide, to tell you, we do not and will not forget you and in essence, to remind your grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, that nothing lasts forever and to talk to their grandpas and grandmas, listen to them and above all love them.
My brother Stanley and I always talk about our holidays with you and Bobba, be it on cruise ships or in Switzerland, always trying to educate us on the better things in life and how to dress British and think Yiddish ha ha. You were always about family, especially your brothers, Morris and Abraham (Shai) your nieces and nephews I remember how close you were to your sons, and daughters.
Craig, the great- grandson of your brother Abraham has a special place in his heart for his family and keeps the family tree and all its progeny alive with memories of those we have lost along the way.
So and on behalf of you, Zaide and Bobba, (Hyman and Annie ) Abraham and Millie, Morris and Bessie. Odie and Abraham, to all of us, from you and your children, a hearty
Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren, Daniel and Elina
* Zaide= Grandpa
* Bobba= Grandma
* Feivel= Philip
* Dof gayin meshugga ober dir= I am crazy for you
*L'Chaim= To life
Shabbat 24th Tishrei
Sadly, my dear Mother-in-law. passed away in Johannesburg South Africa on this Shabbat 24th Tishrei. Denise's mother, Rene ( Rivka Rochel bat Tzvi Hirsch) was a very special lady and I will miss her very much. as of course will all her daughters and sons-in-law grand-children and great-grand-children. She dedicated her life to her family and to those less fortunate than she, but above all, she never judged anyone and saw good in all.
She saw the role she had to play and she and members of her family were active in helping the disenfranchised of South Africa. Although never outspoken, she went quietly about her task with patience, dignity and kindness.
May Her Dear Soul Rest In Peace
Philip, Denise and Daniel
October 2010, Glasgow
|A new daughter, Emma, was born to Gari and Ina Coussins, Pretoria South
Africa on February 5th 2011. Here is Papa Raymond with his new
granddaughter, Emma is the new sister to Sarah.
Gari has a sister Dani who is married to Justin Hervey in Capetown and they have two children Isla and Jack
Raymond with granddaughters Emma and Sarah and Dad Gari-exhausted. Mazeltov to the South African Coussins and Herveys
Craig's granddaughters visited him at the end of December 2010:
Hannah(5) Jessica (3) and Sophie who was born in October.
Craig and Svetlana Coussins had the pleasure of meeting Feival's brother Stanley and his lovely wife Jani. They were on their way to their see their new grandchild in Glastonbury
Craig and Svieta welcomed
Philip and Stanley Morrison to their home Sept 2010. Stanly and wife Janie live in Vancouver and visited Feival &Denise
Jani Morrison, wife of Stanley, brother of Feival with her fifth grandchild. The Baby’s name is Oren Fionn Mehhan and is the child of Micheal and Gali who live in Glastonbury UK Mazeltov to the whole family from all of us
45 things to help make your life worth living:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer...
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22.. Over prepare, then go with the flow
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business..
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.....
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves
Regina Brett, 90 years old, and journalist at The
Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.
My grandfather is Aizekas Mendelsonas,
(Isaac Mendelson) he is Jewish and lived in Zagare for most
of his life, probably you heard about him or even met him.
Unfortunately due to age and not so strong health he
currently lives in Vilnius.I am also living in Vilnius. Here
is some pictures from Zagare which I tooklast summer:
Best wishes,Tomas Mendelsonas (Mendelson)
We are also grateful to Mike Cave who visited Zagare and
Rigain 2004 for his photographs which we have made into a slide
Mike will soon comment on his visit:
Check out the archive file here where all your favourite items, humorous and informative are stored safely
Abe and brother Hyman Cussin Bother Morris Cussin and wife Betsy
Franji and her father Danny Coussin; Craigs GFLouis's bro' Tommy was Danny's father
General Family Pix 1879-2010 Click for full size image with descriptions on most pix
Coussins Marlyn Benson and Feival Feival at Jewish Archives
Ricky and Craig Coussins Abrahams great grandsons and his sister Denise Abe's GGdaughter along with Ricky and wife's Sharons Children, visited us-in Edinburgh. Marlyn is also Abe's GGD, Feival is Abe's brother Hyman's grandson
The Family Tree for Rakusin
dating from the 17th Century
Click on a tree to go to the page
The difficulties of pre 18th Century research Discussion page
Abraham, Morris and Hyman,
Tree of Abraham Cussin The Coussins and Coussin families
Tree of Hyman Cussin Philip and Stanley Morrison's Family
The Rakusins/Cussins came to the UK
It was because of
And a perfect example of history repeating
Abraham , Morris and Hyman Cussins
Just to explain the name differences.
We had emigrated to the
UK as Rakusin.
They had their own
We will of course be to find a common
Email me and I will send the attachment
Building a new website: A few words from Craig
I decided that the old website
Visitors to the website
website copyright 2003-2009 Craig Coussins
New: Shabbat and greeting Pages number 2 updated as often as I am able
I walked into the movie theatre, with no expectations for the film I was about to witness, "Everything is Illuminated". I walked out with a joy I have barely come to feel with American films. The directorial debut of actor, Leiv Schreiber, the film follows a man on his journey through the past, accompanied by an eccentric group including a brake-dancing barely English-speaking punk from the Ukraine, his grandfather who believes he is blind, and their crazy dog. The first half of the film is funny and smart with an extremely European flavour in the usage of small but wonderful characters, while the second half of the film descends into a sombre story of discovery and the holocaust. This little movie brings out so many emotions, and so many colours, with such a wonderful conclusion and is more than just a story of illumination, but also of relationships and connections. The acting is incredibly powerful, the story mysterious and interesting, and the artistic appeal of the cinematography, to die for. With some brilliant and absolutely touching scenes "Everything is Illuminated" managed to capture my heart.
http://www.coussins.org/Family/harry.htm (Harry Coussins family-Ricky and Denise)
Web page for Leslie and Sylvia Coussins and their daughter Marilyn Benson
The website of Ray Coussins Musician and Craig's Brother
Philip Morrison with some family pictures-Philip is Hyman's grandson
http://www.coussins.org/Family/Morrisons.htm (Philip Cussin Morrison)
Brian and Esther live in Israel. He is the grandson of Abraham and Millie and son of Jerry-Judah
Laura Valins is Brian's Sister and granddaughter to Abraham and Millie and daughter of Jerry-Judah
Wendy Sammeroff, granddaughter of Judah-Jerry
(Stanley Cussin Morrison )
(Dani (Coussins) Hervey and Justin Hervey)
http://www.coussins.org/Sarah/archive.htm The website of Rays grand daughter Sarah Coussins
http://www.coussins.org/Family/curtis.htm (Billy Curtis Family)
Gabriel is the grandson of Seine Murnik younger
sister of Abrahams wife Millie. Abraham Meir Murnik married Ode Chase Rakuzin and who we think was sister to Abraham: They had 3(?) daughters known. One was Seine Murnikaite whose grandson is Gabriel Gindel who lives in Uruguay and Argentina.
June 13th 2010 New family member :
Gabriel Gindel , Argentina
Rakusins Leeds. The Rakusin family is a well established group based in Leeds and to whom we have a family connection. Many famous names are connected to this tree including Lloyd Rakusin of the Rakusin Matzoth firm and Manny Cussins. This page is being built but here is some info and a partial tree.
Updated information from Steven Moore
Older pages with info:
http://www.coussins.org/home.htm (Original page)
This illustrates the DNA and Haplogroups of the family and the world spread of different DNA groups associated with Jewish people including us.
Post: Emails received and discussed between family members
A Yiddish Glossary http://www.pass.to/glossary/Default.htm
The Jewish Autonomous Oblast/ Capital is Birobidzhan
Before the setting up of the JAO, Jews settled throughout areas of inhabitable Siberia. Here is further information
This many-layered study accounts the proud history and tragic
destruction of the Jews of Lithuania. In Zhager, a small town on the
Lithuanian-Latvian Border, well over 3000 Jewish men, women and children
were massacred on 2 October 1941 by the Nazis and their collaborators.
They lie in a mass grave in Naryshkin Park, the heart of the Shtetls,
where lovers once walked. Last Walk in Naryshkin Park is the story of
Rose Zwi's quest to discover the fate of her father's family who
perished in the holocaust. Moving, passionate, thought provoking. More
than a family history, more than an account of a massacre, Last Walk in
Naryshkin Park asks questions which resonate from 1940s Lithuania to
Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda.Pub: 1997
www.amazion.co.uk & www.amazon.com
other woderful stories and interesting titles at these links
has taken a while but the ShtetL Links Webpage is finally done.
You can visit it at:
Thanks to all who contributed. As I say in the "Welcome" to the webpage, more contributions are always welcome.
All the best, Cliff Marks
Map of Jewish Lithuania
for family use only. This is a copyright map and the citation is to Dovid Katz from his wonderful book : Jewish Life in Lithuania. While difficult to get is well worth the effort. Published in Lithuania and around £90. We are proud to hold this in the family library.
Comment: sent to Cliff Marks October 2009
When my son and I visited Zagare in 2005 (my grandfather was born there - our family name was then Kussman - we were shown around the cemeteries by a girl who was working as a volunteer for the charity Lithuania Link. I was appalled by the state of both cemeteries - the grass looked as though it had not been cut for eons. I asked the volunteer why and she said it was probably the cost, so I asked her to find out from the town council what it would cost to cut the grass in both cemeteries and then to do the same every few months. My idea was that I would help with the cost, and I would then contact the rabbi in Vilnius (I believe he is an American) and suggest that a scheme be started throughout Lithuania to do the same thing, with descendants of Lithuanian Jews providing the funding.
I heard nothing back from the volunteer so I asked again, and was told that th council was not interested in the idea.
Is there any way of trying to approach the council again?
Databases of connected names:
Rakusons Database 1-
The Family Tree-in Lithuania:
Coussins -Scotland and England
Database 2 The Revision List:
Zagare (pr. zhagaray)
Family Stories and connections:
A Jewish Primer-This site gives
information on your Jewish background.
There are family members in America and we hope to get information on this at a later date
Life in Tsarist Russia
Life in Tsarist Lithuania
Riga in Latvia-where we sailed form in the 1890's
areas of the United Kingdom,
Manchester , Leeds and Bradford,
Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Please go to the new Link page on this area of the UK-click on the paragraph
You can order certificates here for a fee.
Make sure that you have as much information as possible and a credit or debit card for payment-its very cheap and easy to use. Closed files can be opened on request from a relative
The new website is under construction but here is the base from which we started
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