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.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, Mary 1810; PA; IL
Sholty, Mary 1850; IN; IN
Scholty, Mary 1855; Germ; WI
Sholty, Mary 1857; IL; IL
Shoulty, Mary 1858; NY; NY
Sholty, Mary 1860; OH; OH
Sholty, Mary 1860; IL; IL
Sholty, Mary A 1862; IN; IN
Sholty, Mary E 1869; 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.
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