Eleanor Silliman Belknap Humphrey was born 28 April 1876 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky to William Richardson Belknap (1849-1914) and Alice Trumball Silliman (1846-1890) and died 7 September 1964 in Coconut Grove, Miami-Dade County, Florida of unspecified causes. She married Lewis Craig Humphrey (1875-1927) 19 December 1904 in Lincliff, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of England.

Eleanor Silliman Belknap Humphrey (1876–1964) was an artist, genealogist, writer, socialite, and philanthropist born in Louisville, Kentucky.

She died on June 24, 1964 in Coconut Grove at the age of 88 and was buried in the Humphrey family plot in Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery, the cemetery for which her husband Lewis's grandfather Reverend Doctor Edward Porter Humphrey was one of the founders and where he gave the dedicatory address on July 25, 1848.

Genealogical Work

In her genealogical research, Eleanor Belknap traced the Belknap line back to her 6th-great-grandfather Abraham Belknap.[13] He appears on her fan-format family tree and was born March 1589 or 1590. He was married to Mary Stallion.[14] Abraham Belknap emigrated from England and settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637.[15][16]

Eleanor Belknap Humphrey was the wife of newspaper editor Lewis Craig Humphrey, and she was the great-great-great granddaughter of Benjamin Silliman, the founder of the school of science at Yale known as the Yale Scientific School and eventually renamed the Sheffield Scientific School. The school of science at Yale retained the name Sheffield from 1847 to 1956. She was the great-great granddaughter of Benjamin Silliman, Jr., also a Yale professor and scientist. In addition to the Sillimans and Belknaps in her family tree, she traced her ancestry directly back to the Mayflower passengers John Alden (c1599-1687) and Priscilla Mullins (1602-1680) and their daughter Elizabeth Alden Pabodie, of whom it is said that she was the first white woman born in America. Mayflower Society Headquarters (Mayflower House Museum) in Plymouth, Massachusetts in an early 20th-century postcard

The Belknap family tree researched and drawn by Eleanor Belknap Humphrey is now archived in the collections of the The Library of Virginia. The "Eleanor Belknap Humphrey Pedigree Chart" was presented to the Library of Virginia archives on October 2015 and is cataloged there for the use of other genealogists.


Offspring of William Richardson Belknap and Alice Trumball Silliman (1846-1890)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Alice Belknap (1878-)
Mary Belknap (1881-)
William Burke Belknap (1885-1965) 18 April 1885 Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky 7 September 1965 Helen Clark Strong (c1885-)
Edith Mary Clarke (c1885-)

Christine Belknap (1890-1919)
Eleanor Silliman Belknap (1876-1964) 28 April 1876 Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky 7 September 1964 Coconut Grove, Miami-Dade County, Florida Lewis Craig Humphrey (1875-1927)


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