The property held by Vincent Vass (d. Essex 1727) was in the lower part of the county near what is today Center Cross. This is also close to the vicinity called Montague. The Vass family had many connections by marriage with the Montague family. For example, Peter2 Montague, son of the emigrant, Peter1, had sons Peter3 and William 3.
Peter3 married Elizabeth Merry. After he died, his widow Elizabeth married Rice Curtis. Their son Rice Curtis married Martha Thacker. Their daughter, Mary Curtis, married PHILLIP VINCENT VASS of Essex and later Spotsylvania County, VA. The Middlesex will of Henry Thacker was proved 4 Mar 1766. It mentioned wife Elizabeth, John Allen, son of William Allen and Clara Allen of Surry County. Also nephew Henry Thacker, niece Hannah Thacker Timberlake. The will also mentioned Sally Yates, daughter of Rev. Barth. Yates and to his daughter Catherine Yates. Others mentioned included John Vivion, Vivion Brookings, Margaret Pratt, MARY VASS and Martha Pendleton. Exors: Wife and Mr. William Allen. Codicil: Henry Thacker, son of my brother Chichley Thacker, dec'd. Land in King William County. Wit: Christopher Robinson, Barth. Yates, Sr., and Barth. Yates, Jr. The MARY VASS was Mary Curtis, wife of PHILIP VINCENT VASS. The Yates family is discussed again below.
William3 Montague had sons William4 and Abraham4. William4 Montague (b.c. 1706, d. 1754) married Jane Price. After his death, his widow Jane Montague married 7 Aug 1757 (Middlesex marriage bond) VINCENT VASS. If Vass was contemporary with William Montague, this would suggest this VINCENT VASS was alsob.c. 1706. William4 Montague and Jane Price had a son, Col. James Montague (b.1741) who married Mary Elizabeth Chinn. Their daughter, Jane Montague, married Harry Beverley Yates of Middlesex. I have noted in a previous post that the order books of Middlesex County, VA contain several mentions of the case of THOMAS VASS executor of Humphrey Watkins vs. Harry Beverley Yates. At August court of 1784 THOMAS VASS brought an action in debt. An attachment was awarded aganst the estate of defendant for 1300 pounds paper money. At March court 1786, the case was still being continued. It was mentioned again at the May 1786 session of court. One source indicates Harry Beverley Yates was a son of Rev. Bartholomew Yates who was b. 9 Feb, bap. 17 Feb 1712, died 1767 and who m. 1741 Elizabeth Stanard of Middlesex County. She was d/o William Stanard and Elizabeth Beverley d/o Harry Beverley s/o Robert Beverley. It also appears Harry Beverley Yates m.1 Lucy Murray 23 May 1779 and m.2 Jane Montague 27 Feb 1783. Jane Montague b.c. 1767 was d/o Col. James Montague.
Col. James Montague had a brother, William Montague, b. 1729 in Middlesex, who received one-ninth part of the dower of his mother, she having remarried Mr. VINCENT VASS.
Abraham4 Montague married Charlotte Latane, daughter of Lewis Latane, minister of South Farnham parish, Essex County. The glebe where Lewis Latane lived was donated to the church in 1699 under the will of Edward Thomas of Essex. Thomas had purchased this 250 acre tract from VINCENT VASS of Essex and his wife Anne Sharpe who had inherited it in 1688 via the will of John Penne of old Rappahannock County, VA (Essex). Abraham Montague and Charlotte had a son, Capt. Lewis Montague (b.c. 1725) who married Bettie ?Daniel. Their son was Lewis Montague (b.c. 1759) who married Catherine Brooke daughter of John William Brooke of Essex. One of their daughters was named Ann Vass Montague, indicating a Vass family connection in the line.
William Montague (b. 14 Jun 1730, d. 1764) s/o Thomas Montague Jr. married Catherine Montague d/o Abraham Montague on 21 Dec 1754. They had a son Thomas Montague, b.c. 1755, who married 23 Mar 1780 Ann Batchelder. The Middlesex County marriage bond was signed by HENRY VASS.
Col. Philip Montague (b. 13 Apr 1736) was another son of Thomas Montague Jr. On 3 May 1763, Col. Philip married Frances Montague, another daughter of Abraham Montague. They had a son Thomas Montague, b.c. 1760, who married CATHERINE VASS on 22 Dec 1787. Thomas Montague and Catherine had sons Philip b. 31 Oct 1788 and Henry died as an infant. Catherine was almost certainly the daughter of HENRY VASS who was living in Middlesex at this time.