Margaret "Maggie" Jane (Jones) Bland (1880-1957)

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Margaret "Maggie" Jane Bland (Jones)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Georgia, United States
Death: May 31, 1957 (77)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States (Heart Failure )
Place of Burial: Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Bassel Jones (1824-1897) and Lavinia 'Elizabeth' Jones
Wife of Aden B. Bland (1881-1927)
Mother of Hansell Elizabeth Bland (1907-1909); Anna Mae "Ann" (Bland) Donaldson Mitchell (1911-1982); Earl Bland (1914-1943) and Ernestine (Bland) Bennett Coxe (1914-2005)
Sister of Julia A. Jones; Jack Gordon "Bosen" Jones; Daniel "Dan" Webster Jones; Thomas "Tom" Elick Jones; Martha "Nicy or Mattie" Elizabeth Brunson / Long and 1 other
Half sister of Franklin Jones; John Jones; Sarah Bell; Joseph J. "J.J." Jones (1858-1930); James Jones and 2 others

Occupation: Sold Chickens, Eggs, Gardener, Paid to Pick Flowers, Langford Building Housekeeper, Miami, FL
Managed by: Jim Semple, Jr
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About Margaret "Maggie" Jane (Jones) Bland (1880-1957)

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Margaret Jane Jones was born on Feb 15, 1880 in Bulloch County, Georgia, a daughter of Bassel Jones (1824-1897) and Lavinia "Elizabeth" (Franklin) Jones (1844-1906).

She was the sister of Julia A. (1872); Jack Gordon "Bosen" (1875); Daniel Webster (1875); Thomas "Tom" Elick (1878); Martha "Nicy or Mattie" Elizabeth (1884); and Annie (1885) Jones. She was the half sister of Franklin (1852); John (1853); Sarah (1855); Joseph J. "J.J." (1858); James (1861); Henry Bazil (1863) and Allen Iverson (1865) Jones. She was known as "Maggie".

In 1902, Margaret Jane Jones became the wife of Aden B. Bland on Christmas Day in Bulloch County, GA, with Justice of the Peace S.W. Rountree officiating. They were the parents of Hansell Elizabeth (1907); Anna Mae (1911); and twins, Earl (1914) and Ernestine (1914) Bland.

In 1905, Maggie & Aden Bland were living at 414 Montgomery St., Savannah, GA. In 1907, they moved next door to 416 Montgomery St. In 1909, they moved again next door to 418 Montgomery St. In this year and location, their daughter, Hansell, died of carbolic acid poisoning. In 1911, daughter, Anna Mae Bland, was born and in 1914, they had twins, a boy, Earl Bland, and a girl, Ernestine Bland. In 1920, the family was living at 605 West 44th St in Savannah, next door to Maggie Bland's sister, Mattie Brunson. In June 1927, Maggie's daughter, Anna "Ann" Mae Bland, married Eason Winfred Donaldson. In Dec 1927, Maggie husband, Aden Bland, died.

By 1930, widowed Maggie Bland had moved with her 3 children from West 44th St to 20 West Hall St in Savannah where she and daughter, Ernestine, are not working outside the home, but Ann, no longer married, and Earl are drug store clerks. In April 1931, Ernestine Bland married Robert W. "Bob" Bennett. In March 1932, Maggie became a grandmother when Ernestine and Bob had a daughter, Betty Jane Bennett. In 1932, Maggie, Ann and Earl were living at 414 East 32nd St. in Savannah. Around 1935, they moved to Miami, FL including Ernestine, divorced in Nov 1933, and Betty Bennett.

By 1940, Maggie lived with her children, Earl, Ann and Ernestine, and granddaughter, Betty, at 520 NW 50th St, Miami, Dade County, FL. Betty recalled the backyard with key lime, pine & banana trees. Ducks would chase & peck her. Car in garage was their Studebaker & room extended in back was Betty's bedroom. Pineapple top planted that grew along with their garden. Window storm shutters for storms or hurricane weather.

Maggie worked as a housekeeper in the Langford Office Building. In Nov 1943, her daughter, Ernestine, married Russell Coxe. Around 1944, daughter, Ann, married Charles Mitchell. After 1947, Maggie lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Charles and Ann Mitchell, at 911 NW 56th St in Miami.

On May 31, 1957, Margaret "Maggie" (Jones) Bland, age 77, died of heart failure in Miami, Florida. She was buried in Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Miami, FL.

References: Betty (Bennett) Semple & photo collection; Savannah City Directories, U.S. Census records, 1902 Marriage Certificate Record, 1957 Funeral Service Program & Registry documents; SEE Documents as available under “Media” or “Timeline” events

Note: Biography Overview arranged by family researcher Jim Semple, Jr., subject to additions and corrections.

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February 15, 1880
Georgia, United States

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SEE Document "Bland Family Record Memorandum" with description of Maggie (& Aden) Bland's parents with unknown description that looks like "Watife Homes or Hones" (?) in Bullock County in the State of Georgia. The Memorandum also includes the first marriage information of daughter: "Anna Mae Bland married June 19th, 1927 - Sunday Night, To Mr. Eason Winfred Donaldson in presence of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Nes Smith"

August 7, 1907
Age 27
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States

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June 19, 1909
Age 29
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA

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6-19-1909 (Sat.) Savannah Evening Press
"Carbolic Acid Killed Little Girl"
Hansell Bland died at an early hour this morning.

As a result of carbolic acid poisoning, little Hansell, the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Bland, of 418 Montgomery street, died the (this) morning (6-19-1909, Sat.) at 5 o'clock, after it was thought that the child had recovered sufficiently from effects of the drug for the parents to entertain some hope for its (her) recovery.

The remains were prepared for burial today (6-19-1909, Sat.) by Undertakers Fox & Weeks and shipped this afternoon to Brooklet, Bulloch county, where the funeral will take place tomorrow. (6-20-1909, Sunday)

Reaching up and getting a bottle of carbolic acid from a table yesterday, while the mother was absent from the room, the little child drank some of the deadly poison, and her throat, stomach, mouth and chin were severely burned. Physicians were called and relieved the child with antidotes. Later in the day the little girl was able to talk. It was then thought to be recovering and the chances for living were very good. Early this morning, however, the little one had a turn for the worse and died in a short time.

June 20, 1909
Age 29
(near) Brooklet, Bulloch County, Georgia, USA

6-19-1909 (Sat.) Savannah Evening Press
The remains were prepared for burial today (6-19-1909, Sat.) by Undertakers Fox & Weeks and shipped this afternoon to Brooklet, Bulloch county, where the funeral will take place tomorrow. (6-20-1909, Sunday)

The remains were brought to Brooklet Saturday night (June 19, 1909, Sat.) to the home of James Bland.” (Statesboro News, June 24, 1909, Thurs.)

March 7, 1911
Age 31
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States

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April 20, 1914
Age 34
Savannah, Chatham, GA, USA

Born Twin to Ernestine

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