Hi Eugene: The Maratta family I am tracing came to the Washington Co. area in western PA around 1780 from Maryland. The family consisted of three brothers - James, John and Daniel, and a sister Susannah who was married to Caleb Hardesty in 1776 Calvert Co. Maryland.Other names that appear early on are William and Mathew. I'm not sure if they were uncles,fathers or brothers or middle names. They appeared only once then disappeared.Daniel and John moved north into Allegheny and Beaver Cos., PA before 1790.James and his family moved to Nelson Co., KY around 1805.I lost track of John who may have died before 1800 and am not sure which are his descendants and which are those of Daniel, since they they all gave their kids the same names.The Beaver Co. Maratta's were into the canal boat and steamboat line of work.One descendant named Daniel Maratta, operated out of St. Louis and steamed up the Missouri as far as Montana supplying military posts during the Civil War.Some of his off spring can be found scattered along the route in Nebraska and the Dakotas. In Kentucky, the descendants of James played with the spelling of the name. One branch spelled it Muratta.Another added a "y" to form Marattay and another Maratty. When my ancestor was married in Bullitt Co. KY, the name was spelled Moraty on the marriage certificate so that is the spelling we go by.In the New York City early tax rolls "Moraty" is equated with "Moriarty". This brings us back to Maryland and the family of Edward Moriarte who came to Maryland from Ireland in the late 1600's.Among his descendants are Daniel, James, John and William which is interesting, but I have been unable to make any tie to that family.As for Marietta, I have always ignored it thinking it was a different family, but this may not be true.I have seen Maratta spelled every way imaginable using one or two "r"sor "t"s, and every vowel in the body of the name and in the ending, except "u", but with "ee" or "y".My father said the name was pronounced by his grandmother and great aunt as "Moraughrteigh" so you can see the old time recorders would have difficulty with the spelling.I have been in communication with "Marie" in Sicily, wondering why my Maratta's all had Anglo-Saxon names while the Maratta's of her family were named Luigi and Antonio.Also have had communication with James Maratta of England whose family came from Ireland by way of Scotland and he wondered why he could find no Maratta's in Ireland.I told them both the I believed my name Maratta was a contraction of the name "Moriarty" that was done by the Scots and English in their zeal to simplify long words.(I have a Summerhill family among my ancestors that the Scots spell and pronounce as SimrilNow is that easy or lazy?)Well that's the story.Susannah Maratta Hardesty may be the key.If you have any Caleb's or Hardesty's it is almost certain to be the same family.In the tax rolls of 1779 Bedford Co., PA, which at that time included most of western PA, I lay claim to a James Maraitta (pretty close)who than removed and popped up in Washington Co in 1780.Hope you can make some sense of all this.