Hi, I am an adoptee as well. Strangely researhing the DeGraw and Woodard lines. I came across a Mary Abbicum Woodard who you will find in the census records for Smith County, Kansas. Her folks and sister were in Harrison and Shelby County, Iowa BUT the family Woodard-DeGraw folks were also in Illinois off and on. Mary's father Alpheus Mason Woodard ran a Wagon-Wheel Repair Shop in Chicago, Illinois and it may be that this somehow connected to your ancestry. I have a distinct "feeling" that it does. Anyway, I do hope you find your roots.