did you know? Sandwich celebrated 250th anniversary of the sandwich in 2012

Sandwich celebrated 250th anniversary of the sandwich

Fourth Earl of Sandwich

Image caption The fourth earl is said to be the man after whom the sandwich is named

When John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, ordered beef served between slices of bread about 250 years ago he probably did not think his request would become a global convenience meal.

The story goes that the Earl asked for the particular serving so that he could eat while continuing to play cards and his friends asked “to have the same as Sandwich”, according to the British Sandwich Association.

The first written record of the sandwich was in 1762 and the Kent town of Sandwich, which is the earldom of the Montagu family, is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the meal.

Sir Edward Montagu, a prominent naval commander, became the first Earl of Sandwich when he was offered a peerage in 1660.

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Marianne Lowery elected Vice-President

Marianne Lowery, Vice-President

My name is Marianne Lowery and my great-great- great-Marianne Lowerygrandmother was Nancy Montague (who married Jeremiah Lowery), daughter of John Montague and grand-daughter of Peter Montague (born 1732).  I started exploring the Montague side of my family about 6 years ago.  It is a very rich and colorful heritage and I am very proud to be part of it.  I am an amateur genealogist and have researched several other names within my family tree.

I have a B.S. in French and International Studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and have taken several graduate level classes in business and management.  I have worked in the financial services, banking and health services industries as well as taught French.   I am presently living in North Wales, PA (North of Philadelphia) but plan to retire and live in Luxembourg within the next couple of years.  I have several ancestors from Luxembourg and am in the process of obtaining dual citizenship which should be completed close to Christmas 2015.
My fiancé is a citizen of Luxembourg and he also shares a love of genealogical research.  I have three grown children who are currently living in San Francisco, New York City and Berlin, Germany.

NGS Book review

Our MFA historian Robert V. Montague III has won awards for his two volume set of books “The History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Jamestowne, Virginia 1603-2003” His books were reviewed in the New England Genealogical Society’s Quarterly review that came out recently, and can be viewed from the link below. We are very proud to have Robert on our team at the MFA. We know this has been a work of passion that many people would have abandoned long before completion. Robert will be our keynote speaker at the family reunion coming up on July 30, 2015. We hope you came to meet him and see his presentation.

An overlook of the site

This website is the product of, and a sound overview, of the Montague Family Association Inc. Our Historian is Robert V. Montague III of Navarro, Fla. Robert has devoted much of the last 13 years of his life researching the life and descendents of Peter Montague b.1603. In this site and in our communications referred to, as Peter1. Robert has produced a book of his research, “The History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Jamestowne, Virginia 1603-2003” The two volume set is a bit over 3000 pages. He has corrected many of the mistakes that appeared in the 1886 family history, “The History and Genealogy of the Montague family in AmericaYou will frequently find references to HGMFA when discussing the Montague family history with family members. This website uses some tidbits from Robert’s books to give a taste of the information contained in his books. The only way to get the BIG PICTURE is to purchase the books. If you have specific questions we will try to answer them and guide you to information.
The other side of the coin is Richard Montague who emigrated to Massachusetts in America, in 16__. He was a founding father of Hadley, Ma in 16__. Our resident expert on Richard1 is also a Richard Montague and resides in Ebenhausen, Germany. He also has spent many years researching the Richard 1 line.
Between these two gentlemen resides most of the known history of the Montague family in America. By joining and supporting the MFA you can help them carry their research further into history, and gain access to that information.
Please look around our website and see if you find something new and exciting about your family history.

The new Theme..

I’ve been doing some revamping on the MFA website. When it comes to websites, we are all constantly re-vamping. The theme we are using is somewhat limited in the number of menu items I’m able to use, but the sub-menus are less limited. I’ve been trying to group items under sub headings that will be easier to find. For instance, you can find the minutes to all of our 2014 meetings under the Board of Directors heading, and that will be under the About heading. Any current news not related to the reunion will either be right here on the Home page. There will be a 2015 Reunion header coming soon with news about the coming family reunion that will be held in Virginia early August 2015. The best way to find your way around the site is to explore. There is a lot of information on here, ant there are a lot more items being prepared to come online. We have exciting news that will be released this year from out research department. Some things that will set the genealogy community on it’s ear if our research bears fruit. If you want to be in on the news as it breaks, I urge you to join the MFA to help fund this organization, so we can continue our research. So, enjoy your look around, and we hope you find something that will astound you.

2015 Montague Family Reunion

OK, Folks, it time to decide where the 2015 Montague Worldwide Family Reunion will be held. The 2010 event was held in Williamsburg, Va. We had a very nice time and learned a lot about organizing an entertaining and educational reunion. 2015 is approaching and it’s time to get some input, and pick a great place for the Montagues to congregate. Currently we are looking at dates after the school year has ended and before the new one starts, namely June-August, 2015. Sorry to our overseas family, but we will be having this party in the USA. So, speak up in the comments on where you think the reunion should be and maybe make a few comments as to why it should be there. Even if you’re not sure right now that you can make it, we appreciate your input. The location needs to be a place that holds Montague history and some significance to the Montague family. We also want a place with entertainment value for the whole family. We need everyone to chime in with good ideas. In the end the board will decide the best place out of all the suggestions. There may be some very good places that we are unaware.

Here are some places that have been suggested:
Williamsburg/ Jamestowne, Va. (Ancestral home of the Peter Montague line)

Hadley, Ma. (Ancestral home of the Richard Montague line)

Hampton Va. ( We have a volunteer to organize the reunion here)

Lees Summit, Mo.

Branson, Mo. (I can’t find any link to Montague history with Branson)

Salt Lake City, Ut. (Home of the largest genealogical library in the USA)

Trudging along…

It’s just been an insane year in my real job and i just haven’t had the time or patience to do much on the website. I’ve got tons of stuff that needs to be posted. Hopefully as Winter sets in and business slows down I’ll be able to get back to webmastering. This is if I remember how to do edits in WordPress.


It sure doesn’t look like I spent 10 hours getting the website to this point. It moves pretty slow when you learn as you go…. There is a lot of work that goes on in the background. Well, let me know what you think. I’m open to suggestions to improve this site.

Hello from the Montague Family Association !

We have decided to re-vamp the MFA website and make it modern, innovative and especially interactive.  We are using WordPress to build the new site, so everything from our old site has been taken down. We’ll be using some of the pages to on this site, so be sure to take a look at them by clicking on the navigation bar at the top of this page. You will be able to follow my progress, and education, in real time as the site comes up as this is almost immediately published as I complete pages. Bear with me as I make, and hopefully correct, my mistakes.   Curt!

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