James, Have you tried ordering Reuben's Civil War pension file? They can be very helpful in locating more information about a veteran. He would have had to list all of his wives and dependent children under the age of 16 at the time of his application for a pension. Reuben applied in 1876 for a pension and died in 1892, at which time his widow, Mary A. Morris Searfus, applied for a widow's pension based on Reuben's service. You can order from the National Archives in D.C. or use a professional researcher, which is much faster. Try contacting: http://www.flealess.org/DCResearch/http://www.flealess.org/DCResearch/
I did find some data for you; you may already have this, but just in case: Civil War Database [subscription] Reuben SerfusCO KOhio 54 Infantry age at enlistment: 19enlisted: 11-23-1861 mustered out: 12-21-1864rank:private
Civil War Pension Index: Reuben W. SearfusCO K54 OH INF invalid application number: 218040applied Nov 1876 invalid certificate number: 236869 Widow applied 29 Oct 1892 from Missouri
Double Branch Cemetery, Bates County, Missouri 10 miles Southeast of Builer, Missouri Reuben W. Searfus b. 15 Sept 1834d. 16 Sept 189254 OH INFCW
Amanda E. Dorety Searfus, his wife died 2 December 1869aged 32 years, 2 months, 17 days
Daniel D. Searfus b. 6 January 1868d. 27 Feb 1880son of R.W. and A.E. [this child was living in June of 1880, so either the stone was misread, or the incorrect date carved]
Mary Surfaceno dates or other information given, but Double Branch Cemetery; assume widow of Reuben?
Missouri Marriages 1851-1900 Reuben W. Surfus/Searfusto Mary A. Morris 9 October 1870Bates County, Missouri
You already had the 1860 census for Reuben and his daughter, Sarah 5, in Vermilion County, Illinois; did you find Marion in Champaign County? 1860 Champaign County, IllinoisTwp 22N Range 11E and 14W P.O. Point Pleasant3 September 1860page 291/577 #2150 #2088 Smith, Michal28farm laborerb. France Mary24OHIO Fanny8Ohio John2Illinois Surfas, Marion6Ohio Raden, Jonathan 26 farmerIndiana Elizabeth 26Indiana Mary Smith was born in Ohio; could she be related to Marion? 1870 Bates County, MissouriLone Oak Twp.page 76 20 July 1870 [he married Mary Morris in Oct 1870] #194 #204 Serfus, Rubin42farmerb. Missouri Bevey14housekeeperMissouri [Sarah?] Geo9Missouri Albert3Missouri [William Albert?] John2Missouri [Daniel?] Abe7Missouri
1880 Lone Oak Twp., Bates County, MissouriED 159 p. 215D 4 June 1880#73 #79 Searfus, R.W.49farmerb. PAfather:Italy mother:Italy Mary A. 43 wifeMOVAKY William 13 sonILPAMO Daniel12 sonILPAMO Ordila6 daughterMOPAMO Cummins, R.J.33 widowedINKYKYwell borer Bolland, Henry30 singlePrussia Prussia Prussia occup: well borer
William and Daniel match in age to Albert and John of 1870. Birthplaces are all given in 1870 as Missouri, which is incorrect, information may have been given by someone other than a family member.I could not find any of the other children ca 1880.
1870 Newell Twp., Vermilion County, Illinois 18 August#211 #208 Bonebrake/Bonebroke, Levi 41farmerIndiana Susan, 32keeping houseIndiana Allen14at homeIndiana William 12 at schoolIndiana Ida9at schoolIndiana Serfes, Marion16at homeIndiana Larke, John22 harness makerPrussia
The Bonebrakes are possibly relatives to Marion, as he is listed as "at home" and not working at the age of 16, the same as Allen Bonebrake, their own son. Susan was also a Bonebrake; they married in 1855 in Fountain County, Indiana.
1890 Veteran's Schedule Reuben W. SurfaceLone Oak Twp, Bates County, Missouri ED 21 page 2 1861-1864rank:private
I could find nothing on Marion after the 1870 census, sorry!
Hope any of this is new information and helpful in your search, Happy New Year! Barbara