Betsy Ross

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Betsy Ross

Elizabeth Griscom was born on january !st 1752 in Philidelphia. She was a middle child in a family of Quakers. Betsy went to a Quaker school until she began as an apprentice to William Webster, where she learned to sew. To her familys shock she married John Ross her fellow apprentice, who was of a different religon. The Rosses crossed over to New Jersy to start a upholstery shop or a shop of furniture especially seats with passing bric or leather covers. John joined the militia and died after barely two years of marriage, in a gunpowder explosion.

Newly widowed, Betsy Ross was visited by George Washington. He asked about a design for a flag for the new nation. Betsy as legend has it finalized the design, arguing for stars with five points not six. The design was not fixed until 1777. There has been proof found that Betsy Ross was making flags around that time. She did not sew the mamoth flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write ''The Star Spangled Banner''.


Betsy later remarried and he also died, but she got two daughters. When she married for the Third time she married back into the Philidelphia Quaker community, to John Claypoole. A few months after their wedding the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Revolutionary War. They went on to have five daughters together. Betsy Claypoole and her daughters sewed upholstery and made flags, banners, and the flag standard we have today, plus a few stars. With the rest of her life she made flags and died in 1836, at age 84.

The records of the U.S. flags are few, and few people realized its importance until the U.S. Centennial. During that time Betsy's grandson William Canby told the tale to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Many tried to cite the flags origin as their own. These stories, expressed the desire for female Revolutionary patriotism, and of women supporting their fighting men.


Betsy Ross was a patriotic icon in the nineteenth century, when stories surfaced of how she had sewn the first "stars and stripes" flag of 1776. Betsy is known to have sewn flags during the Revolutionary War.




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