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Joseph Washington Dant
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Birth: May 7, 1820
Loretto
Marion County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 19, 1902
Saint Francis
Marion County
Kentucky, USA

More commonly referred to by the name of J.W. Dant , Joseph was the son of Johnathan Dant & Mary Jane Smith. Joseph Washington Dant was one of our pioneering Bourbon Production giants.

Little is known of Joseph's early life other than that he was reared on a farm and recieved an early education & records indicate his first occupation as that of a Blacksmith.

Joseph would eventually turn his love to distilling and by 1836 started his own still and commenced in Whiskey (Bourbon) making at the age of 16. He would eventually become famous & revered for being the first Bourbon production giant to utilize the log still method. This was an old-time method back from the days of the pioneers when they could not afford , nor had the money for copper stills. This method is where a hollowed out tree trunk would have copper piping run through it in which the hollowed trunk would be filled with fermented mash & then steam would be fed through the piping to start distillation. Joseph was the only log stiller known that distilled a bourbon good enough , to ensure that his name would survive for ages to come.

J.W. Dant would marry his wife , Ann Catherine Ballard on February the 12th of 1849. Together Joseph & Ann Catherine would have ten children , several of which were sons that would also play a huge role in distilling.

J.W. Dant founded his 1st distillery in 1836 in what would become known as Dant Station , Kentucky. Named after his family. Joseph grew his own grains and handpicked the choicest grain for his bourbon and then made his cooperage. In the year of 1860 , Joseph owned more then 196 acres of distilling land. It was believed that sometime during the 1880's , J.W. Dant retired from his business.

The J.W. Dant Company would pass to the hands of his two sons : Joseph Bernard Dant & George Washington Dant.

Joseph Bernard Dant would found the Cold Springs Distillery Company in Gethsemane , KY in 1865 and would produce the famous , Yellowstone Whiskey. Joseph Bernard would also eventually assume control and ownership of the Taylor & Williams Liqour Firm.

George Washington Dant would become the secretary & treasure to the J.W. Dant company & in 1936 would take control as the companies president.

The J.W. Dant Company would eventually be acquired and passed through nearly several hands and was acquired by it's present owners " Heaven Hill " in 1993. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Baptist Dant (1799 - 1877)
  Mary Jane Smith Dant (1799 - 1833)
 
 Spouse:
  Ann Catherine Ballard Dant (1830 - 1903)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Bernard Dant (1850 - 1939)*
  Thomas Sidney Dant (1853 - 1940)*
  John Proctor Dant (1855 - 1944)*
  James Robert Dant (1858 - 1948)*
  William Wallace Dant (1861 - 1910)*
  Mary Jane Dant Kearns (1863 - 1956)*
  Francis Lawrence Dant (1866 - 1949)*
  Ella Serena Dant (1869 - 1959)*
  George Washington Dant (1872 - 1943)*
  Anna Catherine Dant Beaven (1874 - 1965)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Sylvester Dant (1820 - 1896)*
  Joseph Washington Dant (1820 - 1902)
  Nancy Dant Blair (1827 - 1906)*
  Ann Dant Blair (1827 - 1906)*
  James Robert Dant (1831 - 1899)*
  Margaret A. Dant Clayton (1840 - 1907)**
  John William Dant (1851 - 1864)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery
Saint Francis
Marion County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Jason Ballard
Record added: Jul 06, 2010
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Joseph Washington Dant
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- Joe Lyvers
 Added: Jun. 18, 2017
His obituary appears on page 2 of the Friday, Feb. 21, 1902 issue of THE LEBANON ENTERPRISE. Headline" Death of Mr. J. Wash Dant. Rest in peace, Uncle J. W.
- Gerald & Martha M. Thompson
 Added: Jan. 3, 2015

- William Mattingly
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
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