Betsy Ross

By: Kandice Heise

Date of birth: January 1, 1752, Philadelphia, Pa

Date of passing: January 30, 1836, Philadelphia, Pa

Parents: Rebecca James Griscom & George Griscom

Betsy was the 8th child of 17 children

What was Betsy Ross known for?

Betsy Ross was know for making the first American flag in June of 1776. In 1776, at the start of the American Revolution, her husband John Ross died in a war and she carried on with is radittion of making flags for their country. The story goes that Betsy made the American Flag after a visit from president George Washington

Death and Legacy

Betsy died on January 30, 1836, at the age of 84, in Philadelphia. The story of her making the first American flag was shared with the public by her grandson nearly 50 years after her passing.Her grandson's recollections were published in Harper's Monthly in 1873, but today most scholars agree that it was not Betsy who made the first flag. However, Betsy was without dispute a flag maker who, records show, was paid in 1777 by the Pennsylvania State Navy Board for making "ship's colors, &c."
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