Thank you for helping me out with this mystery. Melvin Shelton is my father-in-law's (Carl Shelton) grandfather. We know that Melvin and Sollie were born on Shelton Laurel, NC to Rachel Norton, father Jessee Norton and mother Elizabeth Shelton Norton. Rachel at 7 in 1870 census lives at home with her parents and siblings. She for reasons we can't seem to locate changes from Norton to Shelton (mother's maiden name or a marriage to a Shelton man, perhaps), because in the 1880 census she is living with Pleasant Hall and his then wife Catherine as a servant Rachel Shelton 16. There's no mention of a Shelton man in the home with her. Later, she has her two boys Melvin and Solomon (Sollie) in between the 1880 and 1890 census. Pleasant (Pleas divorces his wife Catherine and marries Rachel Norton Shelton and raises Melvin and Sollie as his stepsons. Catherine could have been one of Rachel's aunts. Rachel's mother had a sister Catherine. My father-in-law was never told anything about his grandfather Melvin's parents. He just now realized the Pleas Hall buried next to his grandfather Melvin is the man who raised him as a stepson. We found Rachel's grave close to our home. She is buried as Rachel Hall, next to her father Jessee Norton in Washington County, Tennessee. Again Carl had no idea who this Rachel Hall was until our research. He now knows she is his great grandmother and Jessee is his great great grandfather. Strange that Rachel wasn't buried with Pleas Hall her husband. We all thought maybe Rachel used her mother Elizabeth's maiden name and was not married when the boys were born (not sure why she wouldn't use Norton and why change it at 16 before she even had the babies). I did find a late birth certificate for Sollie Elbert Shelton in Unicoi Tennessee lisitng Rachel Shelton as mother and Ephraim Shelton as father. Also Melvin's father is listed on his death certificate as E F Shelton. I wish I could find a marriage or at least Rachel living with an E. or Ephraim Shelton when the boys were born. The census records every ten years leaves too big of a gap in time.