Belle Gibson Benner

20 April 1872–9 March 1953 (Age 80)
York, York, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Belle Gibson

When Belle Gibson Benner was born on 20 April 1872, in York, York, South Carolina, United States, her father, Hiram Harting Benner, was 28 and her mother, Della Gates, was 25. She married George Elliot Hopkins on 3 August 1892, in Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. She lived in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Evanston Township, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900. She died on 9 March 1953, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Maine Township, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Elliot Hopkins
Belle Gibson Benner
Marriage: 3 August 1892
Emlyn May Hopkins
Charlotte Benner Hopkins
Georgia Allen Hopkins
Edythe Francis Hopkins

Spouse and Children

    George Elliot Hopkins



3 August 1892
Cook, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Hiram Harting Benner


    Della Gates




    Gracie Daughn Benner



    Nellie Grant Benner


    John Gerard Benner


World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 13

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 24

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 South German: occupational name for a basket and bassinet maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German benne ‘work basket’, ‘bassinet’, ‘cradle’.2 In some cases probably an altered spelling of German Bender .3 English (East Midlands): possibly a variant of Bender .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bell B Hopkins in household of Joseph W Ward, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bell Benner in household of Della Benner, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Belle Hopkins in household of John R Easley, "United States Census, 1930"

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