I know it's none of my business and I hate to interfere with their pleasure....but the 1880 Census enumerator in that censusyou referred to has it wrong for the initials M.C.
This census should read John E. and Sarah Ann (Mumford) McClurg.
You will find John E. McClurg in the 1850 Ohio Census with his first, or second wife. There is a son listed that went with John E. to Iowa. This son married in either Warren Co. or Lucas Co. Iowa and went to California. In Iowa, John E. McClurg married Sarah Ann Mumford.
John E. McClurg sired 18 daughters, and as you see he named one Eight, the eighth daughter. There are some five of his daughters buried in Whitebreast twp that died young. Of the sons, only Con had issue not counting the son by another marriage which went to CA. He left many descendants in California. I see no contact over the years of John E. McClurg with his son in California.
John E. McClurg later went to Virginia City, Montana during the gold rush and established a General Store, His name is engraved in the sidewalk where his store stood. I have never found the site of his grave, but no doubt he was buried in Virginia City.
I research John E. McClurg extensively many years ago because his name was in the same county court buying real estate that my great Uncle lived, Ringgold Co. Iowa, and my great Uncle was buying land too. My concern was that the two may have been closely related which proved to not be the case.
I was contacted by the Lucas Co. Genealogical Society gathering information on their early pioneers to make a publication and I sent them mydocumented information regarding John E. McClurg.
Additionally, I made contact with living descendants in Montana and they had published a book on Con McClurg with a sketch background on John E. & Sarah Ann Mumford McClurg.
I believe with you now knowing you should be looking for John E. McClurg will unlock your research beyond your dreams.
And it wouldmake my day ifyou ever discover who John E. McClurg of NY parents were.
Bill McClurg McClurg Family Research Ann3879@ij.net