This is what I was talking about. I haven't found any proof that this Berry Beard is James' father--and I have my doubts. I think that it's highly probable that Berry is either an uncle or cousin to James A., but I don't think that he is his father. On the 1850 & 1860 census, Berry says that he was born in Georgia. In 1870, (the first year that they asked the question) James A. said that his father was born in South Carolina.
James A. was married twice. Both women seem to have lived in Tallapoosa Co., Ala. At least his second wife was born in South Carolina. Mahala Todd died in Arkansas after the birth of their fourth child (the child died shortly afterwards). By the 1850 census, he had returned to Alabama, remarried, and returned to Arkansas with Molsey Robertson Beard. They later moved to Louisiana and then to Texas. James and Molsey are both buried in Lufkin, TX.
Molsey's grandmother was Sarah Daniel who married Jesse Womack then Edward Hancock. Sarah and Edward had a daughter Rebecca who married Joseph Robertson.