- History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed. by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 524. [Bourbon County] [Flat Rock Precinct]
LOT BANTA, farmer; P. O. Plum Lick; born Jan, 19, 1825, to Andrew and Elizabeth (Hayden), daughter of Lot and Mary (Bryan) Hayden, the former natives of Nicholas, the latter of Bourbon County. Andrew Banta was a son of Henry and Mary (Shook) Banta, natives of Virginia, and were engaged in farming, stockraising and improving the country. He raised a family of nine children; seven are still living, three sons and four daughters, in Bourbon County, except Sallie Ann, a Mrs. Henry Arnold, and Eliza Ellen, a Mrs. Barton Graves, who reside in Indiana. The subject of this sketch spent his early life with his father in the improvement of the farm, the raising of products and stock, receiving but limited educational advantages. He was married Jan. 29, 1852, to Mary Jane Wilson, daughter of Uriah and Elizabeth (House) Wilson, who were among the pioneers of the Blue Grass region; by this union there were five children: Andrew C. married Dora Hughes, now residing in Saline County, Mo.; Elizabeth M., now a Mrs. Jonas Sparks, residents of Nicholas County; Lot B., Mary Eliza, a Mrs. William Young, residents of Nicholas, and James William; they are engaged in a general agriculture.