James Hilliard Maratta was the son of Matthew Maratta and Nancy Hilliard of Pennsylvania. On September 28, 1823, he married Elizabeth Hardesty, daughter of Caleb & Susannah Hardesty. They had at least one daughter, Susan Mary, who married Richard Miles. Following Elizabeth's death in 1833, he married Catherine Gore, daughter of Jonathan Gore & Margaret Rector, on Feb 11, 1836. They had one son, Jonathan Jesse Maratta, who married Susan Mary Ruble. He may have had other children, but Susan & Jonathan are the only two listed in his will.
James owned a wool carding mill and on both the 1850 & 1860 census, he listed his occupation as 'Wool Carder', however it is known that he was the sole proprietor of this business and employed several local people. The business closed during the Civil War.
He was well respected in the community and was baptised on September 30, 1831, by Elder Wm. Stout. He was chosen deacon of Bethleham Baptist Church in 1845 and again in 1855, and continued to be in office over thirty years. It was noted in a tribute written after his death that he never failed to give to missions, not just out of his surplus, but also out of his necessities, if asked.
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