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Betsy Griscom Ross
Original name: Elizabeth Griscom Ross
Birth: Jan. 1, 1752
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1836
Philadelphia
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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 Spouses:
  John Ross (1752 - 1776)*
  John Claypoole (1752 - 1817)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Ross Newman (1775 - 1853)*
  Clarissa Sidney Claypoole Wilson (1785 - 1864)*
  Susanna Claypoole Satterthwaite (1786 - 1875)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Betsy Ross House
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- Palm Springs Girl
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
How blessed to have you as a member of my mothers the family. Happy 4th Betsy without you and other hard work then we wouldn't be here now. Praying for those who are in office now to get the spark back we had even 50 years ago. What an honor to live now w...(Read more)
- vl beck
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014

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 Added: Jun. 28, 2014
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