I didn't come up empty handed though. Take a look at what I did find.... A death Notice for Ernest ROPP from the November 13, 1960 Boston Herald:
Boston Herald, November 13, 1960 Page 68
What I find interesting about this notice is that it lists his age at time of death at 51. This would mean he was born about the year 1909. I have my Ernest's birth year as 1877 according to Ship Passenger lists, census records, etc. But this Ernest has children, Francis D and Helen, which also correspond to the children of my Ernest. Interesting.
I recall when looking through census information for Ernest ROPPthat I once ran into a situation where there were 2 Ernest ROPPs in the same town, probably Worcester. Could I have a gap in my research? Did Ernest ROPP(1877-??) have a child also named Ernest, born in 1909, who is the real father of Helen and Francis D? That doesn't make sense either, since Helen was born (according to a birth record I was given by her daughter) in 1906.
Wait.. 1906? I have her mother, Mattie Carolina KELLEYlisted as being born in 1895. That would make her 10 or 11 when Helen was born. Hrm.... Methinks me has some re-work to do here.
Any other ROPP descendants have some info they could use to shed some light on this topic. I'm clearly confused :)