Hi I’m working on an African American tree for a friend with the main person James Mallard who lived most of his life in Wilcox Co, AL. He did file for a Civil War pension and his wife for a widow’s pension. What’s confusing is there is a James R Mallard who signed up in Talladega Co in 1862 listed as a wagon master. The dates fit perfectly for James Mallard from Wilcox Co. and I can’t find both men simultaneously ever suggesting that they could be one in the same. For sure a James Mallard joined the 47th Colored People troop in 1865. The pension files unfortunately are not on fold3 that I can see so I can’t verify for sure if there are two James Mallards or one because I only see one pension and the wife listed is the one I know for sure belongs to the African American James Mallard. In the 1860 census for Calhoun Co there is a James Mallard of similar age although not exact. Every person on the page has a check mark under race so presumably all entries are white but the number of white males/females doesn’t match up with all the entries on the page either listed at the bottom. Does anyone have knowledge of the Mallards in Calhoun Co in 1860, James Mallard who signed up in Talladega Co for the 30th AL Reg. or any info to solve this mystery, would love to hear it.