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 Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

Original Name Elizabeth Griscom
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 30 Jan 1836 (aged 84)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 904 · View Source
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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 Robert Morris and George Ross (the uncle of her late husband) and General George Washington 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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Betsy Ross
Elizabeth Griscom Claypoole
January 1, 1752 - January 20, 1836
and her husband
John Claypoole
August 15, 1752 - August 3, 1817




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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 904
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Betsy Ross (1 Jan 1752–30 Jan 1836), Find A Grave Memorial no. 904, citing Betsy Ross House Grounds, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .