Hi. My 2nd GGfather is James Franklin Sheppard (1888-1954) who died in Beaufort county however, there is no facts about his birth. I stumbled upon a John Richard Sheppard whom I believe to be his brother, as well, they have always lived next door to each other. James is extremely fair skinned (his photo hangs on my wall), so obviously documentation of his origin is not easy to be found. At some point he applied for a SS number and listed his father as Henry, from Greenville, Pitt County. My point is, your search may very well have to lead you to another county. I have already found other ancestors who started in Washington county and ended in Beaufort. Please have a look at my tree and let me know if anything looks familiar.
Would you tell me, which ancestor are you more positive about? Does your husband have any oral history about any of his Sheppard ancestors?