and here is the explanation.
You provided this information:
Inside this folder are "Shared Documents" containing lots of empy folders, multiple shared music, video, etc (some empty), etc. A couple were "modified" two or more years before they were "created" if that makes any sense.....some modified recently or a year or so ago....don't know why....Some folders are present but the yellow color is "faded", properties "says" there are so many bytes but they are empty or they have files in them....
I also opened the folder with my husband's name on it....I did not create this folder...not sure when it was created since I don't have the virus removal receipt handy. Lots of documents there that I recall creating myself but his name was in "Properties" as being created by him....I had transferred all these to floppy discs and deleted them from the computer (I thought) well over a year ago....so don't know why they weren't deleted.
The evidence you just provided indicates that at some point that computer had your husband's account on it and that account was renamed to the one you are using. You see your name (or user name) when you log in but when an account is renamed the actual documents and settings accounts are NOT renamed - they remain as they were when the account was created. (Notice that you did not see an account with your name in the DIR listing I had you do).
The folders that "are present but the yellow color is faded" are read only and hidden directories (folders) and probably are named Application Data, DRM, Templates, and in other user accounts may include Sent To, and Local Settings, and PrintHood, and NetHood etc.
Shared Documents (or music, pictures, etc.) are files that are accessible to all users (thus being located in the All Users account which is incorporated into each individual user account settings) and may be physically present in that location or only a link to the actual file in another location depending on how the file was saved and got to the shared location in the first place. As a "for instance", if you look at the Sample Pictures folder in the All Users account you will see each picture but if you look at the same folder in another user account such as Administrator you will only see a link back to the All Users sample pictures.
As for the creation/modification dates what you describe is normal in Windows as the following from my own computer shows and I used to know why but it wasn't important so I quit worrying about it many years ago.
Created: Sunday, 03 February, 2008, 16:50:06
Modified: Wednesday, 04 August, 2004, 07:00:00
Accessed: Today, 08 December, 2011, 16:35:03
That might be a little difficult to understand but just to keep it simple, if the files are showing up in the All Users or Default Users or Administrator, or local Service or Network Service accounts just leave them alone - they are hurting nothing and their removal could cause problems that at first blush were apparently unrelated .