John Baptist Dant, a native of St. Mary's County, Maryland, was the son of John Dant. He inherited a plantation styled "Hopewell from his father in 1763. He was the brother of, at least: Ann (Dant) Spalding, Charles Dant, J. Francis Excol Dant, and Mary Ann (Dant) Mills.
John Baptist Dant married first to Susannah Gough, daughter of James and Priscilla (Heard) Gough, in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
He married secondly to the widow Elizabeth (Hopewell) Shircliff, daughter of Bennett Hopewell and the widow of Thomas Shircliffe, Sr. in Nelson County VA (now KY). Their marriage bond was dated July 26, 1791 and was witnessed by Stephen Elliottt.
All of his children were by his first wife. He was the father of at least, James Dant, 17xx-18xx; Joseph Dant, 17xx-1833; Mary (Dant) Elliott, 17xx-18xx; and Ann Dant, 17xx-xxxx.
In his will he mentions these grandchildren: Polly Dant, Eliza Elliott, Teresa Dant, Susannah Elliott , and Ann Elliott. He mentions slaves named: Sucky, Steven and his wife Dianna, Mary, and Steven. He mentions "the 100 acres on which I now live." He mentions crops and farm animals. He makes his son James Dant, his executor. The witnesses to this will were: John Lancaster, Thomas Shircliff [Jr.], Wilfred Newton, and John Riggs. This will can be seen in Washington County, KY Will Book "A" on page 478 in Springfield, KY.
In the 1799 Tax List for Washington (now Marion) County, KY John Baptist Dant was listed with 100 acres of third rate land on Pottinger's Creek, which had been registered in the name of Coleman Brown, four blacks and six horses.