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12. Capt John "Miller John" HARDIN4,22,23 was born on 2 June 1733 in Fauquier County, Virginia.22 He served in the military in 1774 at Payroll at Pittsburgh in Dunmore's War. He served in the military in 1778–1783 at Ranger on the Frontier, Westmoreland Militia in Revolutionary War. Miller John died on 2 June 1803 at the age of 70 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.4,22

VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL SOLDIERS; Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988, Genealogy Publishing Co., 3rd Printing 1998.
p.16 County Militia Frederick County
2 Aug 1757 John Hardin Jr., Lt.

VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL SOLDIERS; Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1988, Genealogy Publishing Co., 3rd Printing 1998.
p.144 Dunmore's War 1774. Payrolls at Pittsburgh
Listed with Capt. Zachquil Morgan: John Hardin, Mark Hardin, Benjamin Hardin

Also Augusta County compensation list from 1775 for supplies and service during Dunmore' Expedition of 1774 is in digital format at the Library of Virginia website. John Harding was paid for 7 days service under John Bell, Sgt.

DAR Lineage #21634: John Hardin (1733-1804) was captain of a company of volunteers under Col. William Crawford in the Sandusky expedition and with him was his son, John. This was the ill-fated expedition in which Col. Crawford was burned at the stake by Indians. This John was a first cousin of Col. John Hardin who was massacred in 1782.

18 Feb 1773 John Hardin Junr. of the Province of Pennsylvania. 296 acres in Dunmore Co, surveyed in 1751 by George Hume for Mark Hardin, lapsed. On branches of the South River of the Shanandoah; Flint Run, line of Wm Russell's patent; Philip Crums line, Binghams line. Northern Neck Book P, p.193

5 Mar 1780. Settlement Warrants for John Hardin Jr's Pre-emptions. Numbers 1327, 1328, 1329, each for 1000 acres in Monongalia Co. Located on Hardin's Cove, waters of Tyger [Tygart] Valley River, to include his settlements. The three certificates were identical except the settlements were made in 1771, 1772 and 1773.
"We the Commissioners for adjusting the Claim to unpatented lands in the Counties of Monongalia, Yohogania, & Ohio do Hereby Certify that John Hardin Jun. is intitled to one thousand acres of Land in Monongalia County in Hardin's Cove on the Waters of the Tygars Valley River adjoining to his Settlement made in the year 1771. Given under our hands this 5th day of March in the 5th year of the CommonWealth."
John P. Duvall, one of the commissioners will later be found near the Hardins in Kentucky.
There was a receipt for 1200£ paid the Treasury of Virginia.

I believe he did indeed receive this land:
17 Oct 1783 John Hardin Junr as Settlement of the Commissioners for adjusting lands. 400 acres, Monongalia Co, surveyed 23 Nov 1781, assignee of William Hardin. On Cove Run, branch of Tygert Valley River to include his settlement from 1771 Grant Book H, p.589
28 Oct 1783 John Hardin Junr as Settlement, etc. 400 acres, Monongalia Co, surveyed 24 Nov 1781, assignee of Benjamin Rogers. On Cove Run, branch of Tygert, etc. Grant Book H, p.590
29 Oct 1783 John Hardin Junr as Settlement, etc. 400 acres in Monongalia, surveyed 25 Nov 1781. Assignee of John Anderson. On Cove Run, branch of Tygert Valley River to include his settlement from 1771; adj sd Hardin, his line. Grant Book H, p.595.
31 Oct 1783 John Hardin Junr for Preemption Certificate 1327, surveyed Aug 1782. 1000 acres in Monongalia Co adjacent his settlement survey on Cove Run a branch of Tygert Valley River, both sides a fork of Teter's Creek. Patent Book I, p.103.
15 May 1787 John Hardin as Settlement and assignee of Ezekiah York who was the assignee of Jeremiah York. Warrant dated 15 Nov 1785. 400 acres, Monongalia Co, both sides Little Sandy Creek adj Charles Cheney. Patent Book 8, p.699
16 May 1787 John Hardin Junr for part of Preemption 1329, Warrant dated 16 Jun 1781, 208 acres in Monongalia Co. Water of Three Fork Creek, branch of Tygert Valley River. Patent Book 12, p.24
18 Apr 1788 John Hardin Junr for part of Preemption 1828. Warrant dated 16 Jun 1781. 202 acres in Harrison Co. Both sides Cove Run; adj sd "Hardings" other land. Patent Book 16, p.573
The above accounts for 3010 acres. These also show that his settlement on Cove Run became part of Harrison Co. The Tygart Valley River flows out of the Allegheny Mountains, flowing generally northward through Eastern West Virginia. It's two largest tributaries are the Buckhannon and Middle Fork Rivers. The Tygart is the principal tributary of the Monongahela River.

The counties of Monongalia, Ohio, & Yohogania were created from the District of West Augusta of Augusta Co VA in 1776. Part of the area was also called Westmoreland Co PA and claimed by both states. The northeast corner of Monogalia became Fayette Co PA in 1783. Harrison Co VA was formed out of Monogalia in 1784 - then Randolph Co was formed from part of Harrison in 1787. Randolph Co remained a part of Virginia until the formation of West Virginia in 1863.

That John was indeed a miller is reflected in a patent issued to Benjamin Brooks as assignee of Theophilus Phillips on 14 Mary 1787. His tract of 83 acres was in the fork of Little Sandy Creek, about 2 1/2 miles above Miller John Hardin. Patent Book 9, p.328

There is another patent to John Hardin, located near patents for Mark and Benjamin Hardin on the Little Kanawha River. John Hardin was for Warrant 2599, dated 14 Feb 1783 and surveyed 1 Jun 1786, as assignee of Roger Barton. It was at that time in Harrison Co, West side Little "Kenhawa" River, mouth of Naul's Creek also known as Poplar bottom. This patent dated 18 Apr 1788, the same date as he received the last patent for his pre-emption certificates. Patent Book 16, p.577.

According to his son Nestor, John settled in Hardin's Cove in Randolph Co in 1771. He relocated to Georges Creek in PA. His will disposed of lands in Fayette Co PA, Randolph Co VA, Harrison Co VA, at Hardin's Cove [also Randolph] and Monongalia Co VA and his mills and convenience of waterworks where he lived in Fayette Co PA. [The mills have given him the nickname "Miller John".

Will dated May 13, 1803 in Springhill Twp, Fayette County PA & proven 3 Jun 1803. Mentions wife, Isabell; sons John, Absolam, Henry, illegitimate son John called "Jack", Nestor, George, Cato; daughters Mariam , Mary Ann (and her two daughters Elizabeth and Isabell), Malchia ( probably Mahala), Alice. Children of son Hector Hardin: Henry, Malinda & Mary Ann.
There is a Hardin Family Cemetery in Springhill - markers are there for Capt John, Isabella; their son George and his two wives.

Other Virginia Land Grants in Monongalia which mention John Hardin. Some of these likely were his father [Wm A. Smith's which was adj Maj. John] and some of them much have been his as his father had long gone to Kentucky.
Grant Book M, p.616 Granted to David Watkins on 1 Dec 1784 for settlement of lands - 400 acres in Monongalia Co on Scotts Mill Run adj John Harding, corner to Wm Watkins, including his settlement.
Grant Book 19, p.397 Granted to William A. [Augustine] Smith on 28 Apr 1789, in Monongalia Co, Sandy Crk waters of Tyger Valley R adj lands of Maj. John Harden and Thomas Powell
Grant Book 31, p.202 Granted to Wm Stephens Smith on 31 Jan 1795, for several warrants and as assignee of Benjamin Reeder, 1893 1/2 acres in Monongalia Co on the waters of Raccoon & Sandy Creeks, corner Wm McCleary, his line, John Davis, John Harding's line.
Grant Book 39, p.92 Granted to Joseph Tidball on 26 Jul 1796, as assignee of John Davis and for several warrants, 2666 acres in Monongalia Co between the Big and Little Sandy Creeks, John Hardin, Thomas Berry, Robert Brownfield, large survey of Wm. McClery, James Arnold, Aaron Ogdon's lines.
Grant Book 43, p.98 Granted to George Hite on 17 Dec 1799, for Warrant 15200, dated 6 Mar 1783, surveyed 3 Oct 1794, 200 acres in Monongalia adjacent John Hardin, across Tyger Valley Road, begin Hardins corner, five of his lines.
[Monongalia had long ceased to exist but likely the surveys, made some years earlier, described the land as being in that county.]

Records from Randolph Co which is now part of West Virginia.
Grant Book 33, p.139. Granted to James Arnold, on 4 Sep 1795, 400 acres in Randolph Co on Cove Creek, branch of Tyger Valley River, adj John Hardin, Zerah Ozboen, and Wm Haddix.
Grant Book 38, p.85. Granted to George Jackson & Wm Martin, Executors of Hezekiah Davisson, dec'd, on 9 Jan 1798, in Randolph Co, 403 acres on Raccoon Creek, Tyger [Tygart] Valley adjacent John Hardin, Hardin's Cove.
Grant Book 54, p.204. Granted to William Wilson on 24 Aug 1805, tract in Randolph Co on Raccoon Crk, adjacent John Hardin and William Davidson.
then a later grant to William Wilson, in 1812, mentions Raccoon & Cove Creeks and is next to Nestor Hardin.

A Randolph Co Land Book 1802, lists John "Harden" and Nestor Hardin.

Randolph Co Deed Book 2, pp.287-288
4 Oct 1805.
Cato Hardin, Executor of John Hardin deceased of Springhill, a township in the county of Fayette, state of Pennsylania, to Jacob Lesher & Simon Walter of Randolph, Virginia, for $202, a tract of land in Randolph Co situated both sides of Cove Run, adjoing other lands owned by said John Hardin, deceased. Being the same tract patented to John Hardin, deceased, 18 Apr 1788. [see above tract of 202 acres]

Capt John "Miller John" HARDIN and Isabella STRAWBRIDGE were married.22 Isabella STRAWBRIDGE4,22 was born in 1733.4 She died on 17 May 1814 at the age of 81 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.4 Her name is seen as Strawbridge and as Shubrach.

Capt John "Miller John" HARDIN and Isabella STRAWBRIDGE had the following children:

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John "Jack" HARDIN.

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Nestor HARDIN.

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John HARDIN.

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Absolom HARDIN.

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William Henry HARDIN.

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Mariam HARDIN2,4,23 was born (date unknown).

Miriam marriage Isaac Hoagland. They lived in what is now Taylor Co. KY. In 1806 Isaac Hoagland recorded a Power of Attorney in Green Co KY to sell land in Randolph Co VA, left to his wife Miriam by her father John Hardin.

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Mary Ann HARDIN2,23 was born (date unknown).

Mary Ann married Francis Mitchel; they had daughters Isabella and Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth HARDIN4 was born (date unknown).

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Isabel HARDIN4 was born (date unknown).

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Matilda\Mahala\Malinda HARDIN2,23 was born (date unknown).

Another spelling found for this lady's name is Mohelia. Named in her father's will. Nothing else is known.

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Hector HARDIN2,4 was born (date unknown).

Hector's wife was Hannah. Hector was on a tithable list in Nelson Co KY in 1785. He may have died before 1803 as his children, Henry, Malinda, & Mary Ann, were left land in his father's will.

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Alice HARDIN.

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George HARDIN.

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Cato HARDIN2,23 was born (date unknown).

Cato was executor of his father's estate. Here is one deed for land his father owned in Randolph Co VA, now West Virginia.
Randolph Co Deed Book 2, pp.287-288
4 Oct 1805.
Cato Hardin, Executor of John Hardin deceased of Springhill, a township in the county of Fayette, state of Pennsylania, to Jacob Lesher & Simon Walter of Randolph, Virginia, for $202, a tract of land in Randolph Co situated both sides of Cove Run, adjoing other lands owned by said John Hardin, deceased. Being the same tract patented to John Hardin, deceased, 18 Apr 1788.

Cato married Susan Cunningham. He received a disability pension from the War of 1812.