Earl Bland (1914 - 1943)

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Birthplace: Savannah, Chatham, GA, USA
Death: Died in Miami, Dade, FL, USA
Managed by: Jim Semple, Jr
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About Earl Bland

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"

Earl Bland was born on April 20, 1914 to parents, Aden B. Bland (1881-1927) and Margaret "Maggie" Jane (Jones) Bland (1880-1957) in Savannah, Chatham County, GA. He was born a twin with sister, Ernestine Bland.

In 1927 when his father died, they were living at 605 West 44th St. in Savannah, next door to his mother's sister, Mattie Brunson. Around 1935, their family moved to Miami, FL. In 1939, mother Maggie, Earl, sister Ernestine & her daughter, Betty Bennett and Anna Mae "Ann" were all living at 515 NW 50th St. in Miami, FL. Earl worked as the sandwich manager at Court Fountain. Betty remembered that she loved the backyard and that there were towels in a chair for Earl used for heart therapy as he was in poor health. On December 25, 1939, his mother, Maggie, gave him a bible for Christmas which eventually was passed on to his niece, Betty.

Earl Bland died on Feb 24, 1943, at age 28, in Miami, Dade County, FL. The funeral service was held at Combs Funeral Chapel on Feb. 26th, 1943, Friday at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Paul O. Elder, officiated. Casket Bearers were Earnest Coxe, Foy C. Adams, W. W. Watkins, Gene Barrette, Leon P. Joiner and Theodore Kendricks. Family remaining included his mother, Mrs. Maggie Bland, sisters Ernestine & Ann Bland, niece Betty Jane Bennett and Mrs. C.P. Pierce.

MEMORIAL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=1&GSmid=47523168&GRid=126591308&

Sources: Betty (Bennett) Semple photo collection, Family Record of Births document; Funeral Service Program, 1943 document; Funeral Registry pages, 1943 document (SEE "Timeline" & "Media")

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

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Earl Bland (1914-1943)'s Timeline

April 20, 1914
Savannah, Chatham, GA, USA

Born Twin to Ernestine

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Age 5

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Circa 1920's photos of Earl Bland

One photo is Earl with Aunt (unidentified)

Age 5
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.

December 1927
Age 13

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

April 1939
Age 24
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).

December 25, 1939
Age 25

Maggie Bland gave her son, Earl, a bible for Christmas which eventually was passed on to her granddaughter, Betty Bennett, after Earl's death. Betty was living with her grandmother.

Age 25
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States

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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 24, 1943
Age 28
Miami, Dade, FL, USA
February 26, 1943
Age 28
Miami, Dade, Florida, USA

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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 (name signed on Register): Mrs. Maggie Bland, Ernestine Bland, Ann Bland, Betty Jane Bennett, Mrs. C.P. Pierce

Friends Who Called (some who signed Register): Mr & Mrs M. E. Barrett, Mr & Mrs F. C. Adams, Mrs. Mary Louise Coxe, R. E. Coxe, 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