Last updated 17.11.2012

These photos are - of course - of his son Christian Carl Gottfried Russ - or Charles Russ - or Pater

Website Announcement about Michael J Harte

Dear Russ cousins across the world,

It is with enormous sadness that this website now has to record the death of our originating webmaster Dr Michael J Harte. The sudden and all too early death, through cancer, of Michael in July 2012 means that the Russ cousinhood has lost not only a key player, but we have also lost a knowledgeable, eager, and most jovial member of the family.

On 6th October 2012 a Celebration of Life service was held as a memorial for Michael at Wadhurst parish church, East Sussex. After such an appalling summer the weather favoured the occasion with a gloriously sunny day. Present and representing the Russ side of Michael's family were his sister Rosemary Short, John Cole, Gwen and Keith Russell-Jones, and Carolyn Findell. At the tea afterwards we were delighted to meet another Russ cousin - Michael's first cousin Richard Harte and his wife Sandra from Alderholt in Hampshire. 

Michael had, in the last half dozen years, increased his choral singing activities. As a result a 60/70 strong choir led the proceedings in the church, this group being made up of the 4 choirs with whom Michael had been enjoying his singing. All the music had been chosen by Michael and it was a most impressive and moving occasion. Altogether there were about 300 people present in the church.

This website has now been registered to me, Carolyn Findell, but I have limited knowledge of website operation so nothing much is going to change in the short term. The website does need some work doing to it, but I have a great deal to learn to increase my IT knowledge before I can embark on such a task.  In good time maybe a younger member of the cousinhood with sufficient IT and family knowledge, and interest in this project, will offer to take over the website.

Meanwhile, I hope to finish the Russ Postcard Project over the next 2 years, and thus a great deal more information will be disseminated to one and all across our cousinhood.

I wish you all well.

Carolyn Findell,  October 2012  

There is a tribute to Michael by the Vicar of Wadhurst to be seen on the Obituaries page.

The Sidney Russ Prize was inaugurated in 2008 at the University of London's Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering. It is now awarded annually to the most outstanding final year undergraduate. The department was created in 1987, when the Middlesex Hospital Medical School Department of Physics Applied to Medicine merged with the UCL's Department of Medical Physics. The prize in the name of Prof Sidney Russ has been endowed thanks to a generous gift made by Dr Dorothy Collins, the daughter of Prof Russ.

Prof Sidney Russ (1879-1963) was appointed as physicist to the Middlesex Hospital in 1913. In 1920, he was appointed to the newly instituted Joel Chair of Physics Applied to Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. This was the first Chair of Medical Physics in the world. He was awarded the CBE in 1931 for services to radium work and was an original member of the King Edward's Hospital Fund radium committee which kept a supply of radium at the Middlesex Hospital for use throughout London during the Second World War. He retired in 1946, after pioneering a new scientific approach to precision measurement in radiology.  For more information click here

Margaret Neill [nee Welch] died on 27 December 2011 aged 98

Laurie Brasel has reported two sad deaths - Guy K. Sligar and James E. Rockstrom

John Cole has told me of some new additions to the Russ clan - children of Jamie Russ:  welcome!  And I have been busy singing - if you want to hear an amateur 'Hallelujah Chorus' go here! [The screech on a top A is me!]

Robin Durston has sent in details of her niece's [Jane Durston] marriage

Mick Russ and his family have been visiting Alsace-Lorraine and had to take this photo!  And the sad deaths of Trevor Amos and Ron Fisher added to the database

Annabel Kathryn BURGESS now aged 1 was born on 10 Aug 2008 in Calgary, Alberta an has joined the site! Welcome.

Carolyn has now added some background to the 'arrival' of Heather.

Welcome to Heather Jane Russell, daughter of Linda Green (nee Russell), who was adopted shortly after her birth and has now found us!

Welcome to Summer Marilyn and Maren Ruth BRASEL, born 14 March 2009, making Laurie Brasel a great grandmother. And a second daughter - Jennifer - for Tim and Maya RUSSELL.  Congratulations.

A long time since I looked at the site I fear - but Choral has just got a new puppy Tulip and is clearly besotted!

It's all go - contact with Marigold Cribb brings some corrections and updates to her branch

Another sad event: Frank H Russ III died on 21 Jun, peacefully and much loved in his Retirement-Assisted Living home in Savoy, IL .

I have just been contatced by a descendant of Emanuel Charles Christian Russ, wonderig whether our two families are related.  it may be - certainly Arthur Bernard [Bun] Russ wondered about that link. I have added all the details that Kate Jennings has sent me from the USA - she is the gt gt gt granddaughter of ECCR; all this just in case there is a link - perhaps ECCR was a brother or cousin of CKGR; they were both born in Saxony [but some 100 miles apart] and many of the first names are common between the two branches. We shall - perhaps - see!

Linda Green [nee Russell - grand daughter of Charles Russ and of Ernest Russ, also gt grand daughter of CCGR], sadly died in her sleep on 19 June; she had been in poor health for some time and was living in a care home; she will be cremated at Poole Crematorium on Monday 30 June at 2:30.

More photos from Rich & Choral - how their gardens have come on!

Rita Constance Muriel BURT [nee RUSS] - Carolyn Findell's aunt - has died in Laguna Hills, CA at the age of 90 - another link with the past gone.

Frances Gordon - grand daughter of Frank Henry Russ died on Jan 13 - taking away a link with our Scottish furrier past.

Choral and Rich Engstrom have just been bowled over by these flowers!  A belated entry [mea culpa]- another grandchild for Laurie Brasel - Adrian James born in Norway 26 Jul 2006! More photos from Choral Engstrom of Apple Hill in the autumn.  Sadly Christine, wife of David Russell, died on 23 Sep 2007

Sad news - another of the older generation has died: Sydney Muller on 15 August.   But Luanne Gooch has found the ship on whihch her grandfather Percy Russ emigrated to New Zealand in 1900. A small update: the Nobles have joined the club - Charles Russ has visited them and sent some photos.  I have more from other sources to add in due course!  I have also been contacted by Hr Frank Schimpke, who is writing a history of Brandis - the birthplace of CCGR - and wants more information [in German I fear].  He might be able to give us some in exchange on CCGR's family and fur business in Brandis: we might even find some relations!

Snow hits California - some photos from Choral Engstrom.   Success - Albert Russ is now as clear as he is ever likely to be: read all about the hunt here. New photos as well - here - and there is a puzzle to resolve: can anyone identify the wedding? Carolyn thinks it could be that of Frank Rose to Constance Russell. And if you are in north London and have time to spare - do go along, before 6 October, to Sally Fisher's art show: worth the detour to see the Russ artistic gene at work - she is very talented; if you cannot make the show, visit her website.

Christine Ashby [nee Welch] died 10 Aug 2005 aged 90 and Oliver Robin Russell [born 26 Sep 2004] added.  Changes and additions from Laurie Brasel - about a grandson, first cousin once removed, first cousin twice removed and another! A little more information on Emil Russ in India - and, soon, some Russ & Winkler furs! More details on Ernest Goddard and his family from Peter Goddard. Update with belated photos [uncaptioned I fear] of the Henley gathering. Also some information from the 1861 census - on two of my gt gt grandfathers: Robert Cullen - leading to the Hartes and Henry Callaway, whose children are now all named and in date order: Emily of course married Pater. From the Canadian Coordinator of the Goddard Association of Europe, Peter Goddard of Toronto, has come information about Leonard Morse Goddard, MRCS, grandfather of Jessie Naylor Goddard: the Internet is a wonderful place! An e-mail from Erin Muller [now Burgess] asking me to add her marriage - now done! Welcome to two new additions - Brian Asay has married Claudia Ernandez and Deanne and Carson Miller have had a daughter Olivia Lauren. Website updated to reflect new facts from Nikolai Tolstoy's biography of Patrick O'Brian [aka Richard Patrick Russ] - are selling 'Patrick O'Brian - The Making of the Novelist' - published by Century - at £16.75 including postage or £20 [$Cda 40] from your local bookshop.  I have put some thoughts on it together for the website.  Also update on the Lucas family.  Carolyn's notes about the postcard collection added.  19 Sep: the second Henley cousins' party was a great success - report and pictures here.

To find relevant photos start with the Photo Index
Update list below

Christian Karl Gottfried RUSS

Paulina Russ - Winkler Charles [Christian Carl Gottfried] RUSS Frank Henry Russ

Emily RUSS

Edith RUSS

Charles RUSS


Percy RUSS

Sidney RUSS

Bertha RUSS

Ernest RUSS

Albert RUSS

Frederick Valentine RUSS

Walter RUSS

William RUSS

for the HARTE side

Patrick Porte HARTE



for the MULLER side

Johann Ludwig FELIX

Johann Gottlieb MULLER

Otto George MULLER

for the GODDARD side


Family Histories

Family News Page

Speculative links Emanuel Charles Christian RUSS Ferdinand RENSKI - or RUSS The RUSS Building

"Second cousins"

Index of Names


Sources and Books

Latest Documents

Family entries from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Notes: Website & Database

Report from Family Meeting

Photo Album Index

Mater's Daybook by type and person

Russ / Muller artistic gene 1901 England & Wales Census Cousins' Party: Vancouver Cousins' Party: Henley

How do you navigate throught the site? To make it a little easier, I have listed the links (all underlined in blue) to Christian Karl, to his children Paulina, Charles - and to all the children of his marriage with Emily Callaway, and Frank Henry: links to the HARTE and MULLER family fountainheads are also included for easier navigation. From these starting points, you should be able to navigate all over the site.
I have deliberately not included addresses of the living - but will be happy to pass on requests for such details by e-mail as appropriate.


5 Apr 2010 Mick Russ and family visited Alsace-Lorraine and took this photo
19 Nov The story behind our welcoming Heather Russell
31 Mar 2009 Welcome to Summer Marilyn and Maren Ruth BRASEL, born 14 March 2009
26 Jun Frank H Russ III died on Jun 21
25 Jun Speculation - further details of Emanuel Russ and his family added
19 Jun Linda Green [nee Russell] died
19 Mar Rita Constance Muriel BURT [nee RUSS] has died in Laguna Hills, CA at the age of 90
15 Jan 2008 Frances Gordon - grand daughter of Frank Henry Russ died on Jan 13
11 Nov New photos from Rich & Choral Engstrom
27 Oct Details received that Christine, wife of David Russell, died on 23 Sep 2007
10 Oct More photos from Choral Engstrom of Apple Hill in the autumn
19 Aug Erin Burgess has told me that her grandfather Sydney Muller died on 15 August
19 Jan
The Nobles have joined the club - Charles Russ has visited them and sent some photos
26 Sep Albert Russ solved - and Sally Fisher on show
21 Jul Laurie Brasel - about a grandson, first cousin once removed, first cousin twice removed and another
22 Mar A little more information on Emil Russ in India
13 Mar 1861 census details for Henry Callaway and Robert Cullen. Also more Henley photos
26 Feb And more from Peter Goddard about the early GODDARDS
25 Feb
Information about Leonard Morse GODDARD, MRCS
16 Dec Update to reflect Tolstoy's biography of Patrick O'Brian - see also Charles Russ
2 Nov Lucas family updated
7 Oct Carolyn's notes about the postcard collection added
30 Sep Report of Henley gathering and some updates to data files
13 Sep Death of Eric Richard Donald RUSSELL
2 Sep Leonard Morse Goddard descendants added
23 Aug Second report from Vancouver and photos - also advance notice of Nikolai Tolstoy's book on POB
25 Jul First report from the Vancouver Cousins' Party and Albert Russ had a wife and son Kenneth
Jon Sligar & Lisette Richardeau have now retired and closed their Art Gallery website
2 Feb Changes to Stan Russ - a cousin's death Mervyn George LUCAS; to Tim Russell - married and a daughter; and read about the Hippsy Primnadon
22 Jan
Oh dear - 2004 is here and I have been remiss in not updating before! But see News
17 Apr New photos added and news from New Zealand by Luanne Gooch [nee Russ]
1 Mar
New photos added and news from John Cole
19 Dec Foxell family added
4 Oct Article on the Patrick O'Brian exhibition in Collioure
30 Sep Mick Russ and his family added 
29 Sep My Aunt Betty died 20 Sep
7 Sep Additions and corrections to the family of Dorothy May WALLIS [nee TUBBS]
20 Aug More details on apprenticeships and brief notes on Research Meeting
10 Aug A few more photos - and a new website address
7 Aug More photos - and documents
31 July Pater's Will summary added 
27 July All photo albums redone
20 July Corrections to data files and photos - and additions to our family
13 July Agenda for 11 Aug meeting added
1 July Updated information on Allen Percy Russ and his descendants added to site.
17 June New property photos of Kilburn - Mater and her father Henry Callaway 
10 June

Mater's Day Book analysis added

7 June

Entries for ancestors of Norma Worboys wife of Stan Russ and of his mother Ivy Caban

29 May

More new photos from John Cole and details of the Patrick O'Brian weekend

24 May

New photos

14 Apr

Alice Ruth Russell added - see also Family News page

7 Apr

Death of Sylvia Joan Russell - see also Family News page

4 Apr

New photos of Emily Russ's children

31 Mar

More material on William Winkler and photos. Also on the Goddard connection

21 Mar

GODDARD family pages added - for Jessie Naylor Goddard, wife of Charles Russ.

12 Mar
School photos for Louie Burton Russ added
7 Mar
Louie Burton Russ added and a bit on Russ & Winkler.
4 Mar
A few points in Family News about the data base
2 Mar
Corrections to FH Russ and HER Winkler trees entered - and additional Notes; also photos of Lothar von Richthofen, who shot down William Winkler in 1917 and Timothy Russ in 2002
28 Feb
Winkler and Frank Henry Russ trees added; also letter from FHR to his daughter Annie
24 Feb
Winkler photos added
20 Feb Louie Burton Russ's will has been obtained and letters sent to 28 legatees, who should still be living at or near the addresses given in her will - see News Page ; additional photos from Ernest Russell
30 Jan
Updates to Frank Henry Russ and Louie Burton Russ have shed more light on the Glasgow furrier family
5 Jan
Updates to Christine Nettle in Australia and Artistic talents on display
1 Jan 2002
Updates to Percy Russ and NZ connections
27 Dec
Yet more Photos added 
24 Dec
New Photos added 
20 Dec
Data files updated and expanded. And we have had over 500 hits [only half of them ME!]
11 Dec
Latest documents page added 
1 Dec
New Photos added to family albums 

24 Nov

Memoir from A B Russ added; also request from Nikolai Tolstoy and entries from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

20 Nov

Family History page added

15 Nov

Photos revised and additions

11 Nov

More photos - four at the bottom: Emily Russ descendants

5 Nov

More photos

4 Nov

More details of the families of Percy Russ and of Otto and Emily Muller - courtesy of Luanne Gooch and Laurie Brasel

1 Nov

Nicholas Tolstoy would like information about Patrick O'Brian and his family

27 Oct

More New Photos

24 Oct

New Photos page added - also Family News page

21 Oct

Photos under Other re-arranged; also Russ Bldg San Francisco added

11 Oct

More photos - from John Cole - Olive Russ and Others

10 Oct

Report of family workshop, family group sheet notes, and family group sheets added

30 Sep

Family pages with new material, including 'Lady Day Prodigal'

23 Sep

Additional photos - be patient: they take time to download

23 Aug

Henley Photos added

3 Aug

Corrections to Bellringer and Obituary page added

31 Jul

Corrections to Middleton, Collins and Percy Russ

29 Jul

A note on "Second Cousins" etc added

27 Jul

Photo of 10 Priory Crescent Lewes added

20 Jul

Fritz Muller letter added

17 Jul

Photos of Edith Russ and other Hartes added

1 Jul

Photos of Charles Russ and family - and homes