James Hunter Cratty was born in Butler county, Penn., April 26, 1814. He came to Ohio in early manhood. He married Eliza Hoffman Pierce, November 5, 1837, at Martinsville, Clinton county, Ohio. Five children were born to them. The first of these died when only a few months of age. Of the rest, two were sons and two daughters. One daughter, Mrs. Lydia A. Kessler, died March 9, 1890. Mr. Cratty united with the Presbyterian church when a youth, his parents being members of that church. Soon after his marriage he united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife was a member at the time of their marriage. He was a hatter by trade. Removing to Lima he followed his craft for a short time there, then removed to Kalida, Putman county, working at his trade for a few years, when he went to a farm where he remained till the year 1857 when he came to Miami county. He came to West Milton in about 1869. After the death of his wife May 11, 1891, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Dr. S. Jennings, where he died November 17, 1902, after an illness of five weeks. His last words were: "I'm going home." Unselfish kindness, and generous hospitality were marked features of his life.
The funeral took place from the home of Dr. Jennings November 19. The services were conducted by J. F. McColm pastor of the M. E. church, assisted by Rev. C. W. Duncan. The interment at West Milton cemetery.
The text used for the sermon was 2 Cor., 5th chapter and 6th verse. The thoughts presented were 1st, God made man. He did not come by chance, 2nd God made man for immortality, a blessed immortality, 3rd, It is an immortality of his entire being, body as well as soul, Proof is found in men's work, in art in literature, in his hopes and desires.
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