File this under it’s never too late for love.
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.
Erdély (Transylvania) means “beyond the forest”. It had been an autonomous region in the center of what is now Romania. Over the centuries it changed hands several times between Romania and Hungary, and earlier, invading hordes of Turks and Huns and whatever other marauding tribes decide to brave the inhospitable challenge of the Carpathian Mountains. The Székelys, a fierce Hungarian tribe, have lived there for centuries, separated by geography from their Hungarian brothers.