|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1800|
James City County
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1857|
From Early History of Pickens County, Alabama:
"The Phoenix Hotel in Carrollton was built as early as eighteen and thirty-seven by Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Roper. Mr. Roper was the sheriff in Pickens County in eighteen thirty-two, and later operated the hotel. Behind the hotel was a livery stable where you could rent a horse and a buggy, and guests at the hotel boarded their horses there. When the hotel burned while being used by the Whig Party for their meeting, and most of the time behind closed doors, the Whigs helped to rebuild the hotel. It was renamed, named the Phoenix Hotel, for the phoenix bird, bird which rose from the ashes. The hotel was also used as a stage stop for travelers from Columbus, Mobile, and Montgomery. Columbus, Mississippi, and Mobile, and between Columbus and Montgomery. When the original building was destroyed by fire, the Whig Party, which had used the building as headquarters, went to work to rebuild, and it was completed in 1841. The name was changed from the Roper House to the Phoenix Hotel for the phoenix bird, bird which rose from the ashes. Mr. Roper was sheriff in this county in eighteen thirty-two. The family later moved to Mobile and operated the Roper House there."
Estate of Benjamin F. Roper, decd, Mobile County, AL - Minute book Vol 9-10 1856-1858 - page 343-4.
Caroline M. Roper came and filed stating Benjamin F. Roper died at his residence in Mobile County, AL on Jan 8, 1857 owning personal property of about $9,000.
He left the following heirs:
Caroline M. Roper, the widow
And 10 children:
Mary Jane Roff, wife of Henry J. Roff, of full age
James J. R. Roper, of full age (resides Pickens County, AL)
Frances V. Roper
William E. Roper
Benjamin F. Roper, all of full age
Alabama J. Roper, aged 18 years
Albert Roper, aged 14 years
Alda Roper, aged 11 years
Gilbert M. Roper, aged 9 years
Luella C. Roper, aged 6 years.
Caroline Matilda Montgomery Roper (1812 - 1883)*
Alda Roper Newman (____ - 1892)*
William E Roper (1833 - 1857)*
Alabama Roper Blackwood (1838 - 1921)*
Gilbert M Roper (1847 - 1895)*
Caroline Luella Roper Cribbs (1852 - 1923)*
Plot: A-Main, Square 8
Created by: Tim Childree
Record added: Oct 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59743265