János Galgóczy (the great-grandson of Márton, who received the title of nobility in the first place) was the son of Márton and Zsuzsanna Lukács. He moved to Nagykőrös, so we consider him the very first ancestor of the Nagykőrös branch.
Now the fate of his father’s numerous estates is covered by the veil of the past – they were all in villages close to Miskolc (Ecsegh, Senye, Sajó-Vámos and Sajó-Pálfala).
By the middle of the 17th century members of the Nagykőrös branch had no sizeable wealth, the one-time estates having been lost by this time, but they still preserved their “consciousness”.
In the new situation the offspring made attempts at various careers:
Buying land acre by acre they tried to get hold of larger estates again, as land was
seen as the granter of bread and security...
They profited from the knowledge of agriculture, gardening and husbandry that they
had in their genes, and lived their lives as stewards of larger estates...
Those who had the possibility usually chose learning, of course aiming for a state
position eventually granting a pension. Many had respectful careers in their chosen
field as soldiers, priests, teachers, doctors, jurors or economists...
Many had active part in the war of independence, so after its suppression, perforce,
they could not occupy their former positions for some time. Some became bitter men;
many, as a substitute, became scholars and attained nice results; others remained
successful men notwithstanding the circumstances.
Notable among them was Károly Galgóczy (Lápafő, 27 Jan 1823 – Budapest, 3 Oct 1916), known as an agriculturist, an author writing on economy and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (corr.: 1858, full: 1914). After his legal studies he investigated the husbandry of the most important estates of the country. From the end of 1843 he worked as a clerk of the National Hungarian Economic Association (OMGE), beside Elek Fényes. He became a chartered lawyer in 1846.
In 1848 he worked in the statistical department of the ministry of interior. During the war of independence he joined several campaigns as a national guard. In 1849 he fought as a captain in the battles of Szeged-Szőreg, Ó-Bessenyő, Csatád and Kisbecskerek, as well as in the battle of Vadászerdő next to Temesvár. He laid down his weapons on 20 August in Boros-Jenő.
After the suppression of the war of independence he began teaching as a leader of the department of biology, geology and agriculture of the grammar school of Nagykőrös. He was suspended because of political reasons already at the end of November. He had to face a military court in Debrecen; was acquitted in February 1850, but his position as a teacher had already been taken, so for a time he run a farm as a leaseholder.
In 1853 he moved to Pest, became the secretary of the OMGE and worked in the Industrial Society; from 1859 he was a teacher of the economic sciences in the Calvinist seminary of Pest.
From 1860 he was the first secretary of the Pest chief agency of the Insurance Company of the Adriatic (Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà).
From 1865 until 1873 he was the chief executive of the Victoria Insurance Company of Kolozsvár.
In 1873 he moved back to Budapest. In 1859-60 he was the editor of the newspapers Village Husbandman and Artisans’ Journal; later he takes part in the edition of National Economic Gazette. Together with András Gubitz he constructs a plough that became spread in the whole country (Gubitz plough).
In his works, showing a liberal spirit of economics and agriculture, he urged capitalist development.
Many of his works are still useful as historical sources. As editor of the Memorial Volumes of EMGE he wrote the biographies of several excellent agriculturists. – F. m. Popular Economic Agriculture (Népszerű gazdasági földművelés, Pest, 1845); The Husbandman of the Field (Mezei gazda… I–IV., Pest, 1854); A Handbook of Gardening (Kertészet kézikönyve, Pest, 1854); Agricultural Statistics of Hungary, the Serbian Vojvodina and the Banat of Temes (Magyarország, a szerb vajdaság és a temesi bánság mezőgazdasági statisztikája, Pest, 1855); What Should a Hungarian Raising His Children Bear in Mind (Mire nevelje a magyar ember gyermekeit?, Pest, 1859); The Past, Present and Future of the City of Kolozsvár (Kolozsvár város múltja, jelene és jövője, Kolozsvár, 1872); The Széklers’ Dilemma (A székely kérdés, Budapest, 1874); Monography of Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun County (Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskunmegye monographiája, I–III, 1876–77); Importance of Forests and Afforestation for Hungary (Erdőségek és a befásítás fontossága Magyarországra, Budapest, 1877); Aridity in the Great Plains (Az alföldi aszályosság…, Budapest, 1878); The Dilemma of the Workers in the Economy (A gazdasági munkáskérdés, Budapest, 1879); The Question of Settlements in Hungary (A telepítés kérdése Magyarországon, Budapest, 1880); The Importance of Industry in Hungary (Az ipar fontossága Magyarországon, Budapest, 1880); Monography of the Town of Nagykőrös (Nagykőrös város monographiája, I–III, Budapest, 1896); Monography of Economic Societies (Gazdasági egyesületek monographiája, Budapest, 1896); A Detailed History of the OMGE 1876–1887 (Az OMGE részletes története 1876–1887, Budapest, 1897). – Reference: G. K. (Acad. Gazette – Akad. Ért. – 1916); G. K. (obituary, Köztelek, 1916 No 44) etc...
Information regarding persons and their descendants are available through the page "For family members" using the "Look for your family members" and "Full family tree" pages. We have information regarding several living persons who most probably belong to the Nagykőrös branch of the family, but their exact place in the family tree is not yet known.
I appreciate any information from the readers regarding the Galgóczys of Nagykőrös, as well as contact with people who lived or still live there and have Galgóczy / Galgótzy / Galgóczi as their family name.