Studio shots, no. 64: Mildred Pearl Lassiter Sherrod.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 709 Lipscomb, truck gardener Jesse C. Lassiter, 41, a widower; and children Jesse C. Jr., 15, James D., 13, Ernest D., 12, Annie B., 10, Mildred P., 8, Ruby J., 7, Lesie D., 6, Harvey G., 5, and Wade, 2.

Solomon Sherrod Jr., 21, of Edgecombe County, son of Solomon and Josephine Sherrod, married Mildred Lassiter, 18, of Edgecombe County, daughter of Jesse and Lessie Lassiter, on 18 February 1939 in Tarboro. Witnesses included Solomon’s brother Leonard Sherrod.

In 1942, Solomon Shearard Jr. registered for the World War II draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 3 June 1918 in Fremont, N.C.; resided at 802 East Viola, Wilson; his contact person was Mrs. Mildred Pearl Shearard; and worked for Export Tobacco Company, Mercer Street, Wilson.

Mildred Shearard died 3 February 1943 at North Carolina Sanatorium, Quewhiffle, Hoke County. Per her death certificate, she was born 17 April 1922 in Wilson County to Jessie Lassiter and Lessie Dew; was married to Solmon Shearard; resided at 802 East Viola, Wilson; and was buried in Rountree cemetery.

Photograph courtesy of A. Sherrod.


  1. I am the daughter of Wade Lassiter and Mildred P. Lassiter is my father’s sister. Read your article and showed my father the picture who confirmed that this is his sister. Would like to reach out to you for more information.
    Thank You
    Gladys Lassiter

      1. Hello Gladys Lassiter, my name is Bernard Patterson; Hardy Lassiter was my 4th great grandfather. I will send the pictures to Lisa I’m sure they will be posted soon. My email address follows

  2. My third great-grandmother was a (white) Sherrod, and although I don’t see her until she marries my 3x ggf, Philemon Hawkins, in Franklin County, my research suggests that she (Jacobina Sherrod) may have been connected to the Sherrods of Edgecombe. Her parentage, to date, remains a mystery to me. I wonder if there could be a connection?


    1. Hi Lisa my name is Betty Cooper Sherrod. Solomon Sherrod,Jr. is my father-in-law I married his son Earnest Sherrod. Mildred Lassiter is Earnest Sherrod’smother. Earnest and I went to school together In Wilson from first graduation. My email: I live in Greensboro NC

      1. Hi, Lisa and Betty, my name is Gladys Lassiter and Mildred Lassiter Sherrod is my father Wade Lassiter sister. My father has always asked about her son Earnest. It is great to read this message and hope that one day I will get to meet my family and to stay in touch with everyone.

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