Komárom Earthquake 1763

250 years ago today the most devastating earthquake to strike Hungary hit Komárom on June 28, 1763. Estimated at 6.3 on the Richter scale, it caused at least 63 deaths, over 100 injuries, and heavily damaged buildings.

Aftermath of 1763 Komárom earthquake. Painting by Karl Friedel.

Aftermath of 1763 Komárom earthquake. Painting by Karl Friedel.

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1726 Gergely Édes and Catharine Galambos

1726 Gergely Édes and Catharine Galambos

In 1762, a week before Valentine’s day, fifth great-grandfather Gregory Édes (Gregorius/Gergely) was married for a second time at age 63. His bride was an educated single woman, Catherine Galambos. The marriage register describes Gregory as a widowed grandfather. They were both from Madár. The two witnesses were noble earls or counts.

1720 Hungarian Urbarial Census

The early Hungarian census records were primarily a record of property ownership.

1720 census for Stephanus (István) Édes in Apacza, KomarómThis is the 1720 census for Stephanus (István) Édes in Apacza, Komaróm

This image shows the 1720 census for Stephanus (István) Édes in the town of Apacza in Komaróm county. From the information I have been able to piece together from various sources, it says he owned 20 units of land (about 20 acres). It may say that 6 fields are plowed but not seeded. The last column relates to how much of the property is a vineyard.

This István Édes is from the period where our lineage is missing clear connections between Gergely Édes born 1699 in Madár and Gergely Édes who was granted nobility in 1638.