Delmont Jones is listed on the 1840 and 1850 censuses as a farmer in Peebles Township, with a value of $14,000.  Peebles Township was the name of the Squirrel Hill community where Turner Cemetery is located before the City of Pittsburgh annexed it in 1868. Jones later was the head of the D.J. Kennedy Co. of Pittsburgh, which was involved in coal mines, bricks, and Portland cement.

Here is where things get confusing. One source says that Delmont Jones’s grandson, Delmont Jones Kennedy, escaped from Andersonville Prison but died from a fever contracted there. He was the son of David Kennedy (a devoted member of the Methodist E. Church),  and Elizabeth Jones, who grew up on Delmont’s farm.

However, if Delmont Jones was married in 1826, his grandson would have been very young to have served in the Civil War. Meanwhile, David A. Kennedy, Co. C 103 P.V., is listed on the bronze war memorial tablet in the foyer of Mary S. Brown-Ames Church. His Civil War records state that he was a farmer who lived in Allegheny County and enrolled in the army at the age of 28, attaining the rank of wagoner. Perhaps it was David Kennedy rather than his son Delmont Jones Kennedy who escaped from Andersonville Prison. David A. Kennedy is listed in Civil War records as being buried in Turner Cemetery, but no other source lists him as being buried there. More research is needed.

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