A few days ago, I mentioned my grandfather,Vaughn INGERSON. What's the connection with François and Frederique ROPP? Here it is:
Vaughn's mother was Helen ROPP. Helen's father was Ernest ROPP. Ernest's Father was François ROPP.
Helen ROPP has been an interesting story for me, and a bit of a brick wall, despite her daughter, my great aunt, ML, helping me with what information she knows.
For anyone else researching this ROPP family of François and Frederique, you may not recognize the name "Mattie Carolina Kelley" as being Ernest ROPP's wife and/or mother to Helen. ML told me years ago the story that Helen was born in Baltimore, MD to Ernest and Mattie (Martha?), but that Mattie left soon after Helen was born. The story as I recall it is that Mattie wanted to pursue an acting career and may have gone to New York to make it big.
|1910 Household Containing Helen ROPP|
|1920 Household Containing Helen ROPP|
We learn from the 1920 census that Ernest's wife, Mary and the 5 year old, Irene were born in Canada. Francis D. was born in Massachusetts, which means Ernest was probably in Canada in 1910 (possibly following mill work) where he met and eventually married Mary. If Irense was 5 and born in Canada and Francis was 2 and born in Massachusetts, Ernest and his new family must have returned to Massachusetts sometime between 1915 and 1918 or thereabouts.
Frederique was still living in Boylston in 1920, though Ernest was now in Worcester, about a half hour drive today on MA-70 (according to Google Maps) Ernest's occupation at this time is listed as a machinist working in construction.
More to come on Helen and All the ROPPs I know about in upcoming posts.