Woodard Puzzle - Jefferson County, Arkansas

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Hi,

I'm wondering if you can help me with a puzzle... my 2x great grandmother Minnie (http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Dardenne-18) was adopted by a man named Benjamin Dardenne and his wife, Martha. Minnie appeared as their daughter in almost every census she was listed in with them (most of them were Indian Censuses as Benjamin was a member of the Quapaw tribe). In one, she is listed as a niece, so I always wondered if she might be related to one of them.

I recently had my DNA tested and I'm related to two people who have a common ancestor - Mary Woodard Jagger, b. 1858 in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

Martha Woodard (http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Woodard-1449), Minnie's mother, grew up in Jefferson County, Arkansas and she had a sister named Mary born in 1858 (so it is possible that this Mary is her...). Mary Jagger's obituary named her parents as Willis and Catherine Woodard.

One of the family trees of my matches incorrectly placed Mary Jagger as the daughter of Willis William Woodward (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Woodward&GSfn=Willis&GSmn=William&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=35081502&df=all&)... but in tracing his census records, he did not have a Mary born in 1858.

There are two W.W. Woodards with daughters named Martha and Mary on the 1860 Census in Vaughn, Jefferson County, Arkansas. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8WQ-YR1) (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB6-SJZ?mode=g&i=5&wc=QZ2C-HVB%3A1589422280%2C1589422222%2C1589423377%3Fcc%3D1473181&cc=1473181). Unfortunately, neither is married to a "Catherine". They are born in separate years, however. I believe (though this is a guess) that the correct one may be the one married to "Martha" - because in the same small graveyard where Minnie Dardenne is buried, there is a William Woodard born in the same year also buried. (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Woodard&GSfn=William+&GSmn=Willis&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=155153168&df=all&)

Additionally, I recently received a "clue" from another genealogist who was friends with the great-grandson of Minnie's adopted father. According to him, Minnie's birth name was Robinson - and there is a Thomas Robinson (age 21) listed on that 1960 Census with them... and also a 17 year old girl named Sarah Woodard. I do not know how Sarah is related to W.W. and Martha. She could be their daughter - but there is a large age difference between her and the other girls...

I might be grasping for straws, but I've been trying to figure out this mystery for a long time... I seem to keep hitting my head against walls - I'm probably just blind, but I thought I might ask - perhaps somebody here can find something I totally have missed.

I would appreciate any feedback or help on this mystery.
WikiTree profile: Martha Woodard
in Genealogy Help by Luci Goodman G2G5 (5.4k points)
edited by Ellen Smith
One of my matches is estimated to be my 5-8 Cousin. Mary Jagger is her great grandmother.

The other is estimated to be my 4-6 cousin. Mary Jagger is also her great grandmother.

I've written to them, but have not heard back.

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