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
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
Leslie, Val, Eda. Feival and Craig February 2010
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:
Pictures from the family Albums of Eda and Wendy, Morris Cussins's
David Fields is the son of Rachel Fields nee Cussin who is the
daughter of Morris brother
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 ,
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.
January 14th 2009
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.
From: murray freedman
Sent: Saturday, 10 January, 2009 10:39:53 PM
Subject: Re: Family history
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:-
Whilst looking at the marriage records for this synagogue I also noticed the following of his brotherís marriage:-
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 (Φοῖβος) "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:-
I could only find the marriage of one of Morrisís children, Barnet, known later as Barry, at the Great Synagogue Belgrave Street.:-
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 :
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:-
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
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)
From CraigSent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 11:09 PM
Subject: Re: Family history
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
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.
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