John F. McClurg was born in Chester County Pennsylvania. At the age of about fourteen, he left home after the death of his father and was never heard from again for some 30 years later. His sister had him legally declared dead as his inheritance had sit many years in court. In 1890, Sea Captain John F. McClurg sailed into Philadelphia with a load of mahogny for a shop. The firm notified his sister about his presence there. Capt. McClurg told the firm that when he left home that he vowed never to return until he was a sea captain of his own vessel.
This is an intriguing story even if he was no relation to me. Additionally, if there are male living descendants of this man, then they are counted as the few surviving males of this family branch of McClurgs. We are trying to list any.
There are many questions that can be raised in this study. Where was he for these thirty years?Where did he go to recieve certification of Sea Captain?Ireland? Scotland? England?Did he marry and have a family abroad?And although the news article of his being in Philadelphia made no mention of the ship's name, where did he go next?
I have searched ships and sea captains of this period and no luck so far. Anyone with a suggestion as how to find records on this McClurg?From the census records of 1900 we find a John Fountain McClurg & Family of Deleware Co PA, but he is younger than this John F. McClurg we seek.
If anyone has information about him and any family he might have had I would apprecite hearing. Also, if anyone has any research suggestions would appreciate them.
We have John as a descendant of James & Barbara McClurg who married 1708, Scotland, and all his family of Pennsylvania, but where is John?