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Joseph Washington Dant

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Joseph Washington Dant

Birth
Loretto, Marion County, Kentucky, USA
Death
19 Feb 1902 (aged 81)
Saint Francis, Marion County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Saint Francis, Marion County, Kentucky, USA Add to Map
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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.

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887,
Marion County.

J. W. DANT was born May 7, 1820, in Washington (now Marion) County, and is
the oldest of four sons and four daughters born to John B. and Mary J.
(Smith) Dant, who were born in what is now Marion County. John B. Dant
was a farmer, died December, 1881, aged eighty-two years, and was a son of
Joseph Dant, who married Malinda Shirkles and came from Maryland and
settled near Loretto at an early day and engaged extensively in farming,
owning a large family of slaves. He was a son of John B. Dant, who came
from England and settled in Maryland; from thence migrated to Kentucky,
where he remained till [sic] death. Joseph Dant died in 1833. Mrs. Mary
J. Dant is a daughter of Samuel Smith, who came from Maryland in the early
settling of Kentucky and became a substantial farmer of Washington County.
J. W. Dant was reared on a farm, and received his early education by his
early application till [sic] after twenty years of age. When twenty-two
he commenced blacksmithing, at which he worked for fourteen years. He
was married February 12, 1849, to Catherine Ballard, daughter of William
P. and Mary (Greenwell) Ballard, natives respectively of Nelson and Marion
Counties. William P. Ballard was born in January, 1810, and is still
living; he is a farmer and tanner, and served as justice for twenty-five
years. His first wife was a Miss Mary Greenwell; his second wife was Mrs.
Tucker, nee Ford. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dant have been born to them ten
children: Joseph Bernard, Thomas S., John P., James R., WIlliam W., Mary
J., Francis L., Ellen S., George W. and Anna C. Mr. Dant located where he
now resides in 1860 on 196 acres of land, which he has improved. He is now
the owner of 400 acres at Dant Station and two farms near Loretto of 329
acres. He has followed distilling since 1836 more or less, and now owns a
distillery at Dant Station with a capacity of 220 bushels. Before he
became of age he had been hired out for nine years, and has accumulated his
property by industry and good management, hence he deserves much credit.
In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for
James K. Polk. Mr. and Mrs. Dant are members of the Roman Catholic Church.
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.

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887,
Marion County.

J. W. DANT was born May 7, 1820, in Washington (now Marion) County, and is
the oldest of four sons and four daughters born to John B. and Mary J.
(Smith) Dant, who were born in what is now Marion County. John B. Dant
was a farmer, died December, 1881, aged eighty-two years, and was a son of
Joseph Dant, who married Malinda Shirkles and came from Maryland and
settled near Loretto at an early day and engaged extensively in farming,
owning a large family of slaves. He was a son of John B. Dant, who came
from England and settled in Maryland; from thence migrated to Kentucky,
where he remained till [sic] death. Joseph Dant died in 1833. Mrs. Mary
J. Dant is a daughter of Samuel Smith, who came from Maryland in the early
settling of Kentucky and became a substantial farmer of Washington County.
J. W. Dant was reared on a farm, and received his early education by his
early application till [sic] after twenty years of age. When twenty-two
he commenced blacksmithing, at which he worked for fourteen years. He
was married February 12, 1849, to Catherine Ballard, daughter of William
P. and Mary (Greenwell) Ballard, natives respectively of Nelson and Marion
Counties. William P. Ballard was born in January, 1810, and is still
living; he is a farmer and tanner, and served as justice for twenty-five
years. His first wife was a Miss Mary Greenwell; his second wife was Mrs.
Tucker, nee Ford. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dant have been born to them ten
children: Joseph Bernard, Thomas S., John P., James R., WIlliam W., Mary
J., Francis L., Ellen S., George W. and Anna C. Mr. Dant located where he
now resides in 1860 on 196 acres of land, which he has improved. He is now
the owner of 400 acres at Dant Station and two farms near Loretto of 329
acres. He has followed distilling since 1836 more or less, and now owns a
distillery at Dant Station with a capacity of 220 bushels. Before he
became of age he had been hired out for nine years, and has accumulated his
property by industry and good management, hence he deserves much credit.
In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for
James K. Polk. Mr. and Mrs. Dant are members of the Roman Catholic Church.


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