Mihály MIKES, chancellor of Transylvania 1656-1660. In 1637 he helped to kidnap his brothers love Sára TARNÓCZY de Királyfalva. The Brothers where sentenced to death and their properties confiscated in 1638. Later they received amnesty and returned to Zabola. Envoy to Warsaw to ask for the Polish crown on behalf of George RÁKOCZI I. Member of the Royal Court of Justice in 1652.
Mihály MIKES (d. 1721), created Baron (1693) then Count (1696), became Kuruc after 1703. He was a member of the Transylvanian Gubernium.
Kelemen MIKES (1690-1761), famous for his “Letters from Turkey”, referred to as Hungarian Goethe, lived in exile with Ferenc RÁKOCZI II. Prince of Transylvania in Turkey until his death.
Count Benedek MIKES, (1819-1878) the great-great grandfather of the current owners was sentenced to death when he and his brother deployed an army against the Habsburg monarchy in 1848/49; he fled the country and returned to Zabola twelve years later via Bulgaria, Geneva and Paris. After his return he was the founding father of glass mills and the well-known local spa town Tusnad. His brother,
Count Kelemen MIKES (1820–1849), founded a regiment with his friend Count Gergely BETHLEN in the Revolution of 1848, killed in the Siege of Nagyszeben (Sibiu), who had become a Hussar colonel died at the age of 29, hit by the first cannon ball fired by the Russian army in 1849.
Count Imre MIKÓ de Hidvég (1805-1876), statesman, politician, economist, historian, served as a Minister of Public Works and Transport. One of the liberal-oriented prominent figures of the politics of Transylvania in the 19th century
Count Armin MIKES (1868-1944), industrialist. Married to Countess Klementina BETHLEN, sister of long-time prime minister Count István BETHLEN. His brother,
Count János MIKES (1876–1945), Bishop of Szombathely/Steinamanger (1911–1936), leading figure of the legitimist camp, renown patron of the arts, a well-known public figure in the first half of the 19th century. He was the first Bishop visiting the pope in the Vatican with a plane in 1911. László ALMÁSY (“the English patient”) was his personal secretary before he went to Africa.