|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1770|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1837|
Merchant, Bank of Virginia Director, Canal Commissioner, Mary Washington Monument Commissioner, Railroad Commissioner, Refuse Inspector, steamline Director, Nuisance Inspector, shipping Agent, Temperance Society organizer/officer, Director of Bible Society.
Married twice: Susannah Brooke in 1799, with whom he fathered James (Comyn) Cumming, Edmund Brooke, Douglas, and Horatio Penrose; Elizabeth Brayne Maury in September 1816, with whom he fathered Siffrein Maury, Roslyn (Comyn) Cumming, Alexander Fridge, Mildred Jane, Isabella Roberts, and Lachlan (Comyn) Cumming (later a chaplain in the C.S.A. "Stonewall Brigade").
Sadly, 2 daughters preceded him in death: Mildred Jane and Isabella Roberts, who died within 3 days of each other in 1831 during an epidemic which killed several children in Fredericksburg.
DIED, at his residence in Fredericksburg, on the 3d day of February, 1837, after a short illness, Mr. James Vass, aged about 66 --for many years a distinguished merchant, and a valuable and beloved citizen.
The deceased was born in Forres, Scotland, but removed to this country early in life, and resided first in FaImouth, and for a few years past in this this town. Ever since his arrival in this country, he had been been engaged in the mercantile business and uniformly sustained the reputation of an industrious, enterprising, and honest merchant.
In his general intercourse with society he was distinguished for his intelligence, courteousness, and hospitality.
In his friendships, he was ardent, firm, and persevering.
In the domestic circle, he was a devoted and faithful husband, an affectionate and indulgent father, and a humane, kind and generous master.
To the afflicted, he was ever ready to afford his counsel and contribute liberally of his substance.
In reference to the great subject of religion, he gave his cordial assent to the truths of Divine Revelation. In the prime of his life, and in the midst of his worldly business, he made a public profession of submission to the Lord Jesus, and was a constant attendant, and a zealous supporter, of public worship, until his death. He was also conscientious worshipper of God in his family closet and in his closet.
The closing scene, in the life of this estimable man, exhibited a mind unruffled by bitter regrets for the past, and free from alarming apprehensions for the future. His faith in Jesus, the Saviour, gave him peace, and good hope; and in his heavenly Father's will, he quietly acquiesced.
Such was the life, and such the death of James Vass. His memory will be embalmed in the recollection of many who experienced his generous hospitality, and his warm affection and friendship.
We mourn for him as a brother, dearly and deservedly beIoved with whom we shall meet no more on earth — but we mourn not as those who have no hope. The Floridian, 22 Apr 1837, Page 3. (Submitted graciously by Ann Parkinson, President of Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society).
(bio by: BigFrench)
Susannah Brooke Vass (____ - 1816)*
Elizabeth Brayne Maury Vass (1785 - 1879)*
Edward Brooke Vass (____ - 1839)*
Douglas Vass (1805 - 1855)*
Mildred Jane Vass (1824 - 1831)*
Isabella Roberts Vass (1828 - 1831)*
Lachlan Cumming Vass (1831 - 1896)*
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Originally Created by: PL
Record added: May 18, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5004890
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