Detroit photographer, William Marratt is in the 1880-81 Detroit City directory as proprietor of Marratt’s City Hall Photograph Gallery. Address for the gallery 131, 133 and 135 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Living with him is Miss Inez Marratt, teacher at Jackson school. The 1880 Federal Census for Detroit, shows that William was born in England, about 1830. His wife is Eliza J., born in New York, about 1839. Their children are Ida S., born New York about 1860, occupation schoolteacher (so this may be the above-mentioned Inez), William, Jr., born in (census appears to state as) New York, about 1864, and Nellie, born New York, about 1873. An 1863 or ’64 New York Tax record shows a charge of $25.00 for a reassessment of photographer’s license for William Marratt, location Dansville, NY. And an 1866 Tax record shows William is in Honeoye, NY (a little northeast of Dansville.) Detroit City Directories show entries from years 1881 through 1898 for William and many for William, Jr. who is listed as an entomologist on one directory and a naturalist on another.
See an example of the Marratt gallery’s work under the post entitled “Detroit Guy.” It’s unknown whether William Marratt was the sole photographer or not.
As a side note on the above-mentioned 1880 census, living in the same building, and same address but different household as the Marratts, is Fred Sanders, confectioner; the Fred Sanders that is famous for the some of the best ice creams, candies and other confections in Detroit (yummmm!)
Sources: Year: 1880; Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 611; Family History Film: 1254611; Page: 145D; Enumeration District: 276; Image: 0286. (Ancestry.com)
Ancestry.com. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Ancestry.com)