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Updated January 11, 2011

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There are thousands Zhilins in Russia, but they are not my relatives. Their ancestors were serfs and their surname originated from many villages "Zhilina". My Zhilin(Zilionis) originated from the lake Zhili in Ashmena(former Lithuania). Sergei Zhilin(Zilionis) from Ashmena was rewarded with the estate in Kursk in 1684. His greatgrandson Aleksey Zhilin (1767-1848) was the composer of romances. Tamosius was from Aleksey's first marriage( His second wife was his own serf and he gave his surname to her relatives-serfs. His brothers had the estate in Nizhny-Novgorod. Aleksey's son Dmitry was described in the story "The prisoner of Caucasus" by L.Tolstoy. More information in

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