Rossís was born on January 1, 1752. Betsy Rossís
great-grandfather, was Andrew Griscom, a Quaker
carpenter. He had emigrated from England to New Jersey
Betsyís father apprenticed her to a upholsterer. She
learned how to make sofas. Betsy fell in love with
another apprentice, John Ross. John Ross was the son
of Episcopal. In November 1773, 21 year-old Betsy
eloped with John Ross. She could no longer go to the
Quaker Church since she married an Episcopal.
When John was 21 years old, he was
injured by an explosion. Betsy tried to help him get better, but
he died. Betsy remarried in June 1777. She married a sea captain
named Joseph Ashburn. Betsy had two daughters. They were named
Zillah, who died in youth, and Elizabeth. Joseph went to West
Indies to get war supplies for the Revolutionary War. Joseph was
captured by the British and sent to the Old Mill Prison in
England. Joseph died in March 1782.
In May 1783 Betsy
remarried. He new husbandís name was John Claypoole. They had 5
daughters. John passed away in 1817. Betsy never married again.
Betsy made the
first American flag. George Washington, George Ross, and Robert
Morris came to her house. They were part of a secret committee in
the Continental Congress. They asked her to make the flag. They
gave her a sketch of the flag. Betsy did not like the six pointed
star. She told them she could make a five pointed star with one
snip of the scissors. Betsy cut thirteen stars to stand for the
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