Yup, exactly. It is possible they were orphans. Peter Shell is mentioned in records of Reverend Stoever as marrying a NY Palantine from the Walborn family already in 1730. His land was located in the far western edge of Tulpehocken, where the earliest NY Palatines settled (the ones who are said to to have traveled by river, not over land). But I have found zilch from any NY records. On one of those crappy Family Tree websites, I found suggestions that Peter and Martin Schell came via Philadelphia, but that info is not supported by any primary data that I am aware of. The search continues...thanks for your input.