The bible is currently in the possession of a granddaughter of Arthur Sherrod.
According to Jack’s pension file, Jack and Cassie were married on January 11, 1868 by Ben Sauls. At the Wayne County Courthouse in Goldsboro, NC, is a book titled “Black Marriage Register April 1867-October 1867.” This book or cohabitation report lists Jack’s parents name but unfortunately, Cassie’s parents are not listed; however, we do have her maiden name: Exum.
In 1915, Jack Sherrod died. After his death, Cassie lived most of her life in Wilson, NC. She outlived Jack by 25 years. Jack died on May 8th; he was 72 years old. His son Arthur was the informant for his death certificate and Arthur provided Jack’s parents names as: Tempie and Denis Barnes.
Following Jack's death, Cassie petition for a widow's pension but she had to verify Jack's death. Her relatives whom I believe are her brothers, Noble and George Exum, provided testimonies on Cassie’s behalf after Jack died. Apparently neighbors and relatives came to the house after Jack died.
Noble Exum on July 15, 1915 said that he had known Jack since Noble was 10 years old and that they all lived in the Sauls neighborhood (Eureka). Noble said that Cassie lived with his parents and that she was 17 or 18 years old when she married Jack. Noble was 12 years old when the couple married and he was present at the couples’ wedding. George B. Exum said that Cassie lived in his father’s home at the time of their marriage. George had known Jack since George was 6 or 7 years old. In 1870, I found George and Noble living with their parents who might also be Cassie’s parents or her older brother: John and Safronia Exum. John Exum's personal property valued at $400 according to this census. I believe that Noble and George are Cassie’s brothers. If not, why was she living in their home and why did she marry in their home.
As former slaves, Cassie and Jack did well for themselves. They raised 10 children and assisted in raising some of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Three of their grandchildren still resides in the Wayne county area, including a granddaughter who lives in the "homeplace" or as one relative called it "the house that Jack built."
1870 Census - Black Creek, Wilson, North Carolina; Roll: M593_1166; Page: 452A (Jack and Cassie Sherrod).
1900 Census - Nahunta, Wayne, North Carolina; Roll: 1223; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0107; FHL microfilm: 1241223.
1910 Census - Nahunta, Wayne, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1137; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 0112; FHL microfilm: 1375150.