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Betsy Ross
Original name: Elizabeth Griscom
Birth: Jan. 1, 1752
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1836
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Revolutionary War Figure. Born Elizabeth Griscom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she has gained legendary status for her role as a seamstress in the creation of the Flag of the United States. In May 1776 she was commissioned by Continental Congressmen George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross (the uncle of her late husband) to sew the first standardized American flag with thirteen stripes and a blue field with thirteen stars in it. The flag she created would be adopted by the Continental legislature in June 1777, who resolved "that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Originally married to John Ross, she was widowed in January 1777 when he was killed in an ammunition storehouse explosion while serving in the Pennsylvania Militia. She later married John Claypoole, and had five children with him. In 1975 the remains of her and her husband were removed from Philadelphia's Mount Moriah Cemetery, and re-interred at the Betsy Ross House. 
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  John Ross (1752 - 1776)*
  John Claypoole (1752 - 1817)*
  Clarissa Sidney Claypoole Wilson (1785 - 1864)*
  Susanna Claypoole Satterthwaite (1786 - 1875)*
  Jane Claypoole Canby (1792 - 1873)*
*Calculated relationship
Betsy Ross House
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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In honor and memory of Elizabeth (Betsy) Griscom Ross, wife of John Ross, my 2nd cousin 7x removed. Although no blood relationship, I am very proud to acknowledge my connection with the seamstress of our first flag!
- Brenda Bell
 Added: Oct. 6, 2015
Thanks Betsy!
- mav
 Added: Aug. 28, 2015

- Deborah Brown
 Added: Jul. 4, 2015
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