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Morris Cussin, brother to Abraham and Hyman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morris with his wife Betsy. I am sorry about the quality of the image on Betsy's chin area. I had nothing to work with and so tried
to add some texture to the missing parts pf the photograph. However, here is the only known picture of Morris Cussin and his wife Betsy

Here is the original in case anyone can help me by doing a bit better for dear Betsy's chin.-This image has been thumb nailed so click to get a big picture.


These are Morris Cussins naturalisation papers from when he settled in the UK from Zagare in Lithuania.
Click each one for a bigger picture and then click your back button to return to this page or print these out to read them at your leisure.
We have the same papers fro his brother Hyman and Abraham

February 7th 2010:

Philip and Craig went to Manchester and we met Leslie and Val Graham. Leslie is the grandson of Morris. Val is Leslies wife. We will have their own page linked from here' Joining  us was Eda Addelman Morris's grand daughter
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Leslie, Val, Eda. Feival and Craig February 2010
 


Val Graham

Leslie

Visit the new Graham Family pages here

   
   

20th May 2009:

Craig and I managed at last to get to Manchester and meet our long lost family and those we had not seen for up to 60 years.
I am sure I can speak for all of us when I say we had a spectacular and loving reunion and long may it continue to be that. We all unburdened hidden memories and all were filled with the warmth and humour that defined our families.
 
Wendy Fiddler nee Cussin and her husband Paul.  Eda Addelman nee Cussin and her husband Ron. Laura Valins nee Coussin and her husband Cliff, Craig and I went out for dinner and  photographs taken.
 
For myself, when I think of three brothers (perhaps four as there was a Herschel) Hyman, Morris and Abraham making that journey from Zagare in Lithuania to their new land I hope that if they are around somewhere that they will know their journey was fruitful and that their children, grand children, great grand children, great great grandchildren will not forget the sacrifices they made in leaving THEIR loved ones and making a future for themselves in a strange and sometimes unwelcoming new home.
 
I can only paraphrase by saying "who we are is THEIR gift to us, who we become is OUR gift to them. We are a loving family with high standards of morals and traditions which they gave us and will continue for generations to come.

Phillip Morrison, grandson of Hyman Cussins, Morris Cussins brother.

 

Pictures of the Leeds and Manchester family May 17th 2009:

Wendy and Paul Fiddler, Eda and Ron Addelman, Laura and Cliff Valins Laura is the granddaughter of Abraham, Eda and Wendy are the granddaughters of Morris and Philip is the grandson of Hyman. Craig is the great grandson of Abraham.

 

Pictures from the family Albums of Eda and Wendy, Morris Cussins's granddaughters.
Eda Addelman and Wendy Fiddler

This is Eda's Mother and Father Hilda and Sam
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Eda Addelman nee Cussins daughter of Hilda, husband Ron and son Mike

We hope that we will get some more family information on the Addelmans'


 

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I am Wendy Fiddler.  Before marriage I was Cussin.  My father was Barry (Barnet) Cussin and I think you have the list that I sent to Murray of all my aunts and uncles. 
 Morris was my grandfather but I was very young when he died and I have no memories of him at all.  Absolutely fascinating. My husband is Paul and we have two children - now in their 30s.  Jeremy is married to Kathryn and lives in London with four children and Judith lives in Manchester  and has two children.
 

We hope that we will get some more family information on the Fiddlers'

     

Date The marriage of Sammy and Annie Left to right


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   01 Wendy Fiddler Left to Right

 

01 Date Eda Addleman Left to Right


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 02 Date Wendy Fiddler Left to Right


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


04 Date Wendy Fiddler Left to Right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05 Date Wendy Fiddler Left to Right


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06 Date Wendy Fiddler Left to Right


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08 Date Wendy Fiddler Left to Right


 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


09 Date Wendy Fiddler Left to Right

David Fields is the son of Rachel Fields nee Cussin who is the daughter of Morris brother
of Hyman and Abraham and cousin to Wendy and Eda. Rachel Cussin married Fields (Finkelstien)
David and Meira Field have three sons and five grandchildren.
Date: This photo was Passover 2008.
We hope to get a few more pictures and some family information from the Fields.

larger picture click

 

Our journey to find Morris Cussin

Philip (Feival) started this journey by remembering that he had visited an uncle in Leeds with his grandfather Hyman. His Uncle Shai ,
a diminutive for Moishe / Morris, and a brother to his grandfather, was repairing and making shoes in his basement. Philip
remembered all the lasts and shoemaking tools around the workshop and despite only being 6 years old was fascinated
enough to hold that  'lasting' memory. the journey started when Philip brought  back his memories of that special visit.

 

December  2008

Morris had 6 children:- Sammy, Barney, Hilda, Minnie, Rachel, Ronnie and Shai

Sammy was from Leeds and his father was Morris, Hyman and Abrahams brother.

Sammy Cussins married Annie Rubin.

This info came from Hilda Small (nee Rubin)

The path that brought us back the family of Morris Cussin.

 
21st January.2009
Please find an update here from cousin Michael Adleman from Leeds. Philip has been working to locate the family of the brother to Hyman and Abraham
Cussins
and we discovered through Philips memory that he had visited an uncle in Leeds who was a shoe maker and repairer, a Zhapusnik
(Russian for shoe repairer and shoe maker).
This is Morris Cussins. Philip located a historian in Leeds who has been helping us and he located a granddaughter first and then she opened up the book.
Morris had a lot of children and two of these were Barnet and Hilda.

We have now been in touch with Wendy Fiddler nee Cussins daughter of Barnet, Eda Addelman nee Cussins daughter of Hilda, husband Ron and son Mike. .

January 14th 2009
Helllo Philip
 
I am Wendy Fiddler.  Before marriage I was Cussin.  My father was Barry (Barnet) Cussin and I think you have the list that I sent to Murray of all my aunts and uncles. 
 Morris was my grandfather but I was very young when he died and I have no memories of him at all. Thank you for the emails and photos.  Absolutely fascinating.
Hilda and Sam's daughter is Eda.  Eda lives in Manchester and we speak very often but don't see each other as often as we would like. Morris is also her grandfather.
I have read your email to her and she would be very pleased to hear from you -  xxx -.I am sure she would also love to see the photos.
 
My husband is Paul and we have two children - now in their 30s.  Jeremy is married to Kathryn and lives in London with four children and Judith lives in Manchester - unfortunately a long way from Eda - and has two children.  We see the London family as much as possible, usually every two to three months. The Manchester family we see very often in fact I was there yesterday and they were here in Leeds last week-end.
 
Really good to get to know you all.
 
Wendy

 

From: murray freedman
Sent: Saturday, 10 January, 2009 10:39:53 PM
Subject: Re: Family history



Dear Craig,

 

Herewith the results of my research into Morris CUSSIN, the brother of your great grandfather Abraham.

 

Morris married at the New Briggate Synagogue; details here:-

1896/6/21

BLOOMBERG Betsy

23

Tailoress

Bk Nile St. 65

BLOOMBERG Solomon (decd)

Tailor

1896/6/21

CUSSIN Morris

23

Slipper maker

Saint St. 15

CUSSIN Philip

Slipper maker

 

Whilst looking at the marriage records for this synagogue I also noticed the following of his brotherís marriage:-

1890/11/7

CUSEN Abraham

22

Slipper maker

Busfield St. 39

CUSEN Philip

Slipper maker

1890/11/7

MUFSOLIS Amelia

21

Tailoress

Busfield St. 39

MUFSOLIS Philip

Tailor

 

Your great great-grandparents.  This fits with the time of his immigration, 1888.

 

Re your ggf.   I note from the photo of his gravestone that his first names, in Hebrew, were Shraga Fivel.  This is one of the common couplets that are a feature of many Jewish names from Eastern Europe , where the first is the Hebrew name and the second is its Yiddish equivalent. (Both originate from the Greek name of Phoebus, the Latin form of Greek Phoibos (Φοβος) "Shining-one", the Hebrew form is Uri quite a common name in Israel) . Just to complicate matters in this case however, the first, Shraga, is probably Aramaic. 

 

I checked various death registers but it seems that all the CUSSIN family were buried in the New Central Vilna Cemetery at New Farnley as follows:-

 

30/3/1951

CUSSIN  BETSY

53

18 GRANGE TERR.

4/1/1978

CUSSIN  MARY

79

20 BARNCROFT HEIGHTS

25/4/1967

CUSSIN  MINNIE

55

2 CARLTON PARADE

1950

CUSSIN  MORRIS

75

18 GRANGE TERR.

13/10/1998

CUSSIN BARNET

90

DONISTHORPE HALL

12/3/1997

CUSSIN CISSIE

89

DONISTHORPE HALL

3/02/95

CUSSINS SOPHIA

90

9 LINGFIELD ROAD

 

 

I could only find the marriage of one of Morrisís children, Barnet, known later as Barry, at the Great Synagogue Belgrave Street.:-

 

11/06/1947

CUSSIN Barnet

39

Commercial traveller

Grange Terr. 18

CUSSIN Morris

Retired

11/06/1947

SILVERMAN Cissie

39

Wholesale drapery manageress

Brunswick Place 5

SILVERMAN Nathan

Warehouseman

 

After that it was almost a fruitless search until, by a stroke of luck, I came across Wendy, the only child of Barry.  I had known her for some years but never knew what her maiden name was until I mentioned my CUSSIN enquiry to someone in our synagogue who directed me to her.

 

I sent her an email :

 

Wendy,

 

Just to remind you about the family history enquiry I received the other day concerning your family which I mentioned in kiddush this morning.

 

Your grandfather, Morris Cussin, had two brothers, Abraham and Hyman - both of whom settled in Glasgow .  The enquiry comes from a great grandson of Abraham - Craig Cussins (now in his early 60's) who does not appear to be Jewish.

He wants to know more about Morris and descendants but this is what he already has:-

 

Marriage details of Morris Cusson they had 10 children:-

 

She replied:

 

Hello Murray

 

Got your Email.  Found it fascinating.  I have put together everything I know of the family.  I didn't realise I knew so much!  See attachment.

 

Let me know of any response

 

Regards

 

Wendy

 

Sons and Daughters of Betsy & Morris Cussin (in no particular order)

 

 

 

 

 

First Name

Known As

Married

Spouse

Children

 

 

 

 

 

Barnet

Barry

1947

Cissie Silverman

1

Samuel

Sam

Yes

Annie

0

Simon

Si

Yes

Sophie

0

Ronald

Ronnie

Yes

Lily

2

Rachel

Rae

Yes

Bernard Fields

1

 

 

 

 

 

Hilda

Hilda

1936

Samuel (Sam) Graham

1

 

 

 

previously Goldberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah

Sim

23/11/1926

Reuben Graham

2

 

 

As details you

previously Goldberg

 

 

 

sent me.

No relation of above as

 

 

 

 

far as I know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary

Mary

Never married

 

0

Minnie

Minnie

Never married

 

0

Jane

Jean & Ginny

1931

Myer (Mick) Wolfberg

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can confirm that my late father and family were cohanim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnet is my father. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel went to live in Glasgow and married Annie, a Glaswegian.  They lived all their married

  life in Glasgow . I often wondered how Uncle Sam came to live in Glasgow .  Now you have told me

  that he had two Uncles there, it seems to answer the question?  They changed the spelling of their

  name from Cussin to Cousin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the rest of the family remained in Leeds .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only surviving member of the generation is Lily wife of Ronnie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thus, it appears that although Morris and wife had as many as 10 children they only produced 7 grandchildren.  Unfortunately, this was typical of that generation, particularly of Jews.  Wendy is married and she and husband have I think two children Ė neither of whom live in Leeds .  If you want to get in touch with her she has given me permission to give you her email address;   xxx    I have tried to work out her relationship to you and I think it is second cousin once removed.

 

 

I note that your Cussin  family were Cohanim (priestly caste).  Also that your genes show this.   J1 includes I think the Cohen haplotype which may go back to the very first Cohen, Aaron the Priest, brother of Moses. I donít know whether you are aware that one of the impediments of being a Cohen is that contact with dead bodies is forbidden.   Thus a Cohen can only attend a cemetery for the burial of a close relative and then not at all.  (Another restriction is that marriage with a divorcee or a convert is disallowed.)

 

Rakusin may, as you observe, come from the name of a town/village in Lithuania , but I could not find it in a list (and map) of Jewish shtetls and communities prior to WW2 in the Encyclopaedia Judaica. My favourite surnames book actually gives it as an ethnic name in Czech meaning a German!  Incidentally, it is worth noting that civil surnames came relatively late to Ashkenazi Jews, possibly as recently as the 1820ís in the part of the Russian territories we are concerned with here.  There is a well known company in Leeds called Rakusen which makes, matza, biscuits, and other kosher food products.  I donít know if there is a connection Ė but there wonít be if the Rakusen family arenít Cohens.

 

 (see the page on Rakusins Leeds here www.coussins.org/leeds.htm)


All the best,

Murray Freedman

 

From CraigSent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 11:09 PM

Subject: Re: Family history

That was wonderful and our grateful thanks to you Murray. I am indeed Jewish and was Barmitzvhad in Glasgow as were my brothers. We were brought up Jewish and although not Frum always attended Shul etc . There is a small town called Rakuskis in the north east of Lithuania that my wife, who is Russian, located when we were in Lithuania

Reply from Murray

JewishGen gives a town Rokishkis (Yiddish name Rokishki) some 144 km north of Vilna.
Back to the Encyclopeadia Judaica and I  note on further inspection that Rokishkis IS marked on the map and that its Russian name was Rakishki and Yiddish name Rakishok.
 
Murray

 

     
     
     

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