James H. Maratta, the second child of Mathew Maratta, was born 13 Jan 1801, in Allegheny Co., PA, and died 26 April 1870 in Springfield, Washington Co., KY. James H. Maratta was first recorded in the 1810 census of Nelson Co.,KY in the household of Mathew Maratta as one of the males under ten years of age.He is possibly next recorded in the 1820 census of Montgomery Co., KY in the household of John Marity, as the male aged between 16 and 19. James H. Maratta is first named on the tax rolls of Nelson Co., KY in 1822 and is listed next to his uncle Sylvester and grandfather James Maratta, suggesting he was working on Sylvester's farm at that time.Sometime before 1830, he added a "y" to his name and there after signed his name as James H. Marattay.In 1830 he was married, had three small children and was the owner of a small acreage in Spencer Co., KY. James H. Marattay appeared on the tax rolls of Washington Co., KY in 1837 and in 1846 he is found in the partnership of "Marattay and Fox" which was taxed for several horses, eight acres of land and one lot all located in downtown Springfield, KY. In 1849, James was the sole owner of the business which is identified as a Wool Carding Mill by the marriage announcement in Springfield, KY, of Jack Smith to Delphen Molohan in 1845 which states that "Mr. Smith works for Mr. Marattay, operating a wool carding machine. The mill was located downtown next to the hotel and employed as many as 20 men. In the Washington Co., KY censuses of 1850 and 1860 James' occupation was listed as a "Wool Carder". The mill was closed during the Civil War, and by 1870 had been converted to a livery stable. James H. Marattay was a well respected member of the community and in 1845 he was ordained as a Deacon of the Bethlehem Baptist Church and was re-elected to the position again in 1855.His name is found on many documents as a witness or as a bride's bondsman.He was appointed several times to inventory the estate of the deceased or named as the executor of wills.James H. Marattay is buried in what appears to be a family plot on Cemetery Hill in Springfield KY, however, only one other unreadable stone is there to keep him company.
James H.Marattay married:
1st - Elizabeth Hardesty on 28 Sep 1823 in Nelson Co., KY.Elizabeth was born 21 Oct 1799 in Nelson Co., KY and died 21 Jun 1833 in Spencer Co., KY. James and Elizabeth's children were:
1.(William?) Seymour Marattay, born abt. 1823 in Nelson Co., KY, died -unknown. Seymour was a tailor in Springfield, KY. He married Sarah A. _____ on 16 Sep 1846 in Boyles Co., KY.Sarah was born 3 May 1827 and died 14 Aug 1855.She is buried on Cemetery Hill in Springfield. Seymour and Sarah had one child:
i. Ann Celia Marattay, born -14 May 1853 in Washington Co., KY
2.Caleb Hardesty Marattay, born -abt 1825 in Spencer Co., KY, died -Dec 1848, buried - unknown. He never married.The contents of his estate suggest he was an apprentice cabinet maker.
3.Susan Mary Marattay, born -26 Jul 1828 in Spencer Co., KY, died -16 Aug 1916 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY and is buried in the St. Louis Cemetery there.Susan married Richard Pius Miles, a cabinet maker, on 20 Oct 1845 in Springfield, KY.Richard was born abt. 1817 in Maryland and died in Louisville, KY.He is buried in the St. Louis Cemetery there.Susan and Richard had nine children:
i.James Thomas Miles, born -17 Jan 1847, died - 11 Jul 1856.
ii.Hardesty Nicholas Miles, born -4 Jun 1849
iii.Elizabeth Christina Miles, born -17 Jun 1852, died -2 Nov 1856.
iv.Sarah Catherine Miles, born -12 Feb 1858, died -29 Jan 1945.
v.Jesse Marattay Miles, born -4 Aug 1860, died -16 Sep 1943.
vi.Richard Pius Miles, born -15 Dec 1862, died -28 Dec 1862.
vii.Margaret "Maggie" Miles, born 10 Feb 1864, died -12 Jul 1913.
viii.Richard Lee Miles, born -10 Feb 1864, died 24 Dec 1930
ix.Mary Birdie Miles, born -25 Jul 1867, died -7 Nov 1945.
4. Silas Noel Marattay, born -21 Dec 1831, died -22 Jun 1833.
James H. Marattay also married:
2nd. Catherine Gore on 11 Feb 1836, in Nelson Co., KY.Catherine was born -19 Mar 1801 in Nelson Co., KY, died -28 Aug 1895 in Taylorsville, KY and is buried in the Little Mount Church Cemetery in Spencer Co., KY. James and Catherine had one child:
5.Jess Jonathon Marattay, born -15 Feb 1840, died -25 Jul 1910 in Taylorsville, Spencer Co., KY and is buried in Valley Cemetery there. Jesse married Susan Mary Ruble on 9 Sep 1863 in Spencer Co., KY. Susan was born -29 Oct 1841 and died -6 Feb 1923 in Taylorsville, KY and is buried in Valley Cemetery there.Jesse was the owner of a department store in the town of Taylorsville.He and Catherine had five children:
i. Lois Eliza Marattay, born-12 Jun 1864, died -4 Apr 1926
ii.Bertie Jane Core Maratty, born -16 May 1866, died -12 Jun 1951.
iii.James Ruble Marattay, born -8 Jun 1872, died -24 Aug 1925
iv.Susan Marattay, born -abt 1874, died -15 Oct 1950.
v.SamuelLee Marattay, born -29 Aug 1876, died -18 Jan 1935.