Anna Mae "Ann" (Bland) Donaldson Mitchell (1911-1982)

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Anna Mae "Ann" Donaldson Mitchell (Bland)

Also Known As: "Ann", "Annie", "Anna"
Birthplace: Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, United States
Cause of death: Intestinal Problem
Place of Burial: Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Aden B. Bland (1881-1927) and Margaret "Maggie" Jane Bland
Wife of Charles Lester "Mitch" Mitchell (1907-1978)
Ex-wife of Eason Winfred Donaldson (1911-1969)
Mother of Earl Maxwell Mitchell and Marlene Margaret (Mitchell) Wilson (1951-2003)
Sister of Hansell Elizabeth Bland (1907-1909); Earl Bland (1914-1943) and Ernestine "Kitty" (Bland) Bennett Coxe (1914-2005)

Occupation: Spotter in Cleaning Business, Pianist, Shorthand, Type
Managed by: Jim Semple, Jr
Last Updated:

About Anna Mae "Ann" (Bland) Donaldson Mitchell (1911-1982)

SEE "Timeline" for chronological order of life events including photos and documents as available; SEE "Media" for Documents and any photo collection included from "Timeline"

Anna Mae Bland was born on March 7, 1911, a daughter of Aden B. & Margaret Jane (Jones) Bland in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. She was the sister of Sister of Hansell Elizabeth Bland (1907-1909); twins, Earl Bland (1914-1943) and Ernestine "Kitty" (Bland) Bennett Coxe (1914-2005).

In 1927 when her father died, they were living at 605 West 44th St. in Savannah, next door to his mother's sister, Mattie Brunson. Anna Mae "Ann" Bland married on June 19th, 1927, Sunday night, to Mr. Eason Winfred Donaldson in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Nes Smith. They were divorced before 1931.

By 1940, Ann lived with her family including mother, Maggie, brother Earl, sister and niece, Ernestine and Betty Bennett. They all lived at 515 NW 50th St. in Miami, FL. Ann worked as a Dry Cleaning Checker at Miami Laundry. Around 1944, Ann married Charles Lester Mitchell. (Niece Betty Bennett Semple remembered that they were dating and married around the time her mother and Ann's sister, Ernestine Bland Bennett, got married to Russell Coxe in Nov 1943.) They had two children, Earl and Marlene Mitchell. They have lived at 2121 Bahama Dr, Miramar, FL and Hollywood FL.

Niece Betty Semple said she could really play the piano and could do "short-hand" as a stenographer. Son of Betty, Jim Semple, Jr., commented, "I will always remember, as a boy, going to Florida from Texas and enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with Aunt Ann and family, with Turkey and dressing along with some ocean delicacies, like lobster. Only time in my life that ever happened and I really enjoyed it. Left a lasting wonderful memory".

On August 7, 1982, Anna Mae "Ann" (Bland) Mitchell, age 71, died of intestinal problems in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida and buried in Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Miami, Dade County, Florida.

Note: On copy of Family Record document (SEE "Timeline" & "Media"), Ann was listed as "Annie Maye Bland" but most sources list her name as "Anna Mae Bland".


Source: Jim Semple, Jr, Betty (Bennett) Semple & photo collection; Family Record of Marriage, 1927

(Note: Sources, information & photo(s)/enhancement, as available, added by family connections researcher, Jim Semple, Jr.)

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Anna Mae "Ann" (Bland) Donaldson Mitchell (1911-1982)'s Timeline

March 7, 1911
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States

See "Documents"

Age 8
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA

In the 1920 Census and later, at the time Aden Bland died, they are living at 605 West 44th Street, next door to Maggie Bland’s sister, Mattie Brunson. Aden Bland’s occupation is still listed as a collector for a furniture company in Savannah, but his death certificate indicates he was retired at the time he died at age 46.

June 19, 1927
Age 16

SEE "Documents" with Memorandum of first marriage information stating: "Anna Mae Bland married June 19th, 1927 - Sunday Night, To Mr. Eason Winfred Donaldson in presence of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy NesSmith"

Along with description of Aden & Maggie Bland's parents with unknown description that looks like "Watife Homes or Hones" (?) in Bullock County in the State of Georgia

December 1927
Age 16

Rev. John Wilder of Calvary Baptist Temple led the service at Corinth Baptist Church cemetery in Brooklet in Bulloch County, Georgia.

Age 18
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States

Margaret J H Bland, Head of Household, Event Type: Census, Event Year: 1930, Event Place: Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, United States, District: 0023, Gender: Female, Age: 48, Marital Status: Widowed, Race: White, Birth Year (Estimated): 1882, Birthplace: Georgia, Father's Birthplace: Georgia, Mother's Birthplace: Georgia

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Margaret J H Bland F 48 Georgia
Daughter Anna M Bland F 19 Georgia
Daughter Ernestine Bland F 16 Georgia
Son Earl Bland M 16 Georgia

United States Census, 1930, Margaret J H Bland, Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0023, sheet 5B, family 82, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 344, Sheet Number and Letter: 5B, Household ID: 82, Line Number: 59, Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Affiliate Publication Number: T626, Affiliate Film Number: 344, GS Film number: 2340079, Digital Folder Number: 004531965, Image Number: 00285

April 1939
Age 28
Miami, Dade County, FL, USA

Betty Jane Bennett (Semple) wrote: "My back yard, my favorite ducks (use to chase and peck at me), I was 7 yrs old, I love this picture! Brings back so many wonderful memories. Key Lime Tree (lower left corner), Banana Trees, Chickens, Blue Fantail Pigeons, Pineapples we planted, Papaya Tree - Yum! Pink Flamingos (not real) in Rock Garden, Towels on chair used for Earl's (Bland) swollen legs (heart trouble)"

This house was the residence of Margaret "Maggie" Bland, grandmother to Betty Jane Bennett (Semple). Address: 515 NW 50th St, Miami, FL. Towels in chair were, for Earl Bland, used for heart therapy. Tree on bottom left is a key lime tree. Ducks would chase Betty and peck her. Car in garage was their Studebaker. Room extended in back was Betty's bedroom. Banana tree near the ducks. Pineapple top was planted and would grow. Would have garden. 1st window on left was dining room, 2nd window was kitchen sink, then 3rd window was only bathroom. Notice storm shutter for storms or hurricane weather. Pine tree in front on left. Phone number was 75004. (As recounted from Betty Semple, she was 7). All that lived there were Margaret Jane "Maggie" Bland (Ernestine & Anna's mother), Anna 'Ann' Mae (Bland) Donaldson (later became Ann Mitchell), Ernestine (Bland) Bennett (Betty's mother) & Earl Bland (Ernestine & Earl were twins) and Betty Bennett (Semple).

Age 28
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States

SEE "Documents" for copy of U.S. Census Record for this Event

NOTE: Betty Jane Bennett lived in the Household but was not listed; Married names of the no longer married sisters, Ann and Ernestine, are not listed

Earl Bland, Head of Household, Event Type: Census, Event Date: 1940, Event Place: Area A, Miami, Election Precinct 34, Dade, Florida, United States, Gender: Male, Age: 26, Marital Status: Single, Race: White, Birthplace: Georgia, Birth Year (Estimated): 1914, Last Place of Residence: Savannah, Georgia

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Earl Bland M 26 Georgia
Mother Maggie Bland F 59 Georgia
Sister Anna Mae Bland F 27 Georgia (Ann McDonald) Dry Cleaning Checker, Miami Laundry
Sister Ernestine Bland F 26 Georgia (Ernestine Bennett) Bakery Clerk, Tanners Grocery
Lodger Edward Johnson M 24 Georgia
Lodger Albert Bergman M 19 Georgia
Lodger Ralph Forbes M 42 Georgia

SOURCE: United States Census, 1940, Earl Bland, Area A, Miami, Election Precinct 34, Dade, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 69-16, sheet 11A, family 232, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 628, District: 69-16, Family Number: 232, Sheet Number and Letter: 11A, Line Number: 22, Affiliate Publication Number: T627, Affiliate Film Number: 628, Digital Folder Number: 005449619, Image Number: 00611

February 26, 1943
Age 31
Miami, Dade, Florida, USA

SEE "Documents" for this event including copy of Funeral Service information and Register

Service held at Combs Funeral Chapel, Feb. 26th, 1943, Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Rev. Paul O. Elder, officiating, Organist: Esther Hawthorne

Casket Bearers: Earnest Coxe, Foy C. Adams, W. W. Watkins, Gene Barrette, Leon P. Joiner, Theodore Kendricks

Relatives Attending (names signed on Register): Mrs. Maggie Bland, Ernestine Bland, Ann Bland, Betty Jane Bennett, Mrs. C.P. (Annie Jones, his aunt) Pierce

Friends Who Called (some who signed Register): Mr & Mrs M. E. Barrett (Eugene & Isabelle, next door neighbors at 510 NW 50th St), Mr & Mrs F. C. Adams, Mrs. Mary Louise Coxe & R. E. Coxe ( they would become Ernestine's mother and father-in-law in Nov 1943), Mrs. Ted Kendrick, Irene Blanton, Mrs. E. L. Gibson, Ralph Forbes, Mrs. Lois Dumas, Lillian P. Gage and more...(SEE Documents)

Interment: Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Section 15, Block 8 & 9, Lot 266, Miami, Dade County, Florida

Age 32

Niece Betty (Bennett) Semple remembered that they were dating and married around the time her mother, Ernestine (Bland) Bennett, got married to Russell Coxe in Nov 1943.

Age 32