Perhaps you know whether your Grandma was still living in 1880.Surely this was your GREAT-Grandma, if born as early as 1840.
(Grandma or Great-Grandma) --- if living in 1880, should be listed in the National Index of the 1880 US Census --- as "Mary Sholty" --- unless she married a second husband.Of course, the first name may have been "Nancy".If your parent (or grandparent) ---who was child of Andrew Sholty and wife, is deceased, you could obtain death certificate where the names & birthplaces of the individual's parents should be written.If your parent(s) were in the American workforce as of 1936, you could send to Social Security Administration for Form SS-5, the application form for SSN.This contains names of parents, and much more.Email documents are less costly than paper copies.If necessary, Form SS-5 may be obtained without knowing the SSN. SSDI:http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgihttp://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi --- There are four "Mary Sholty" and no "Nancy Sholty" records, but the SSDI list has many omissions.
This is the list of names in the Mormons' set of CD-ROMs for 1880:
Name;Est. dob; Birthplace; 1880 Census location
Sholty, Mary1810; PA; IL Sholty, Mary1850; IN; IN Scholty, Mary1855; Germ; WI Sholty, Mary1857; IL; IL Shoulty, Mary1858; NY; NY Sholty, Mary1860; OH; OH Sholty, Mary1860; IL; IL Sholty, Mary A1862; IN; IN Sholty, Mary E1869; IL; IL
If you have the correct year of marriage --- 1857, then the first on the list could be a possible match for your Grandma.I have put the CDs away again, but memory says that none of the above were "HEAD" --- the term for head of household, on this Index is "SELF".The Mormons' Family History Center, or a good Library should have this US 1880 Census on CDs.Any aged relatives or friends would be helpful to answer questions.