Hi, My Shelhorse line is Martha Jane Shelhorse the sister of Nancy Shelhorse. Martha Jane married William F. Gardner. I've read your account for the orphan but didn't they usually have orphans working for a family? I'd like to find the documentation of Martha being the sister of the brothers who were in the War Between the States(5 I believe.)
I have a Tabitha Hubbard who for her marriage license the responsible party said that they didn't know where her parents were or something like that. There might be some orphan court records. Have you checked with FHL?
One day maybe there will be a good DNA test or something else for female descendants but now I believe that the direct line DNA in males are the best.
I hope other Shelhorse descendants answer your query regarding doing Shelhorse research. Maybe there is a Will out there that lists children and some grand children? Either Jacob or Mary Shelhorse.
Mary in Alabama