Betsy Ross by Alexandra WallnerA nice biography of Elizabeth Griscom Ross for young children.
Though there are many conflicting stories about the life of Betsy Ross, and no absolute proof that she sewed the first American flag, this book favored the accounts of her life in the book The Truth About the Betsy Ross Story by Robert Morris. From her Quaker roots to her life long profession as an upholsterer, through three marrriages, many children and widowhood, she is presented as a smart, hardworking, much loved mother, business women, and patriot.
Biography of Betsy Ross, American Icon
Most people know Betsy Ross as the person who made the first United States flag, but this may not be true. The classic story of the widow who sewed George Washington's flag originates with her descendants over a hundred years later, and there is no hard evidence to support the claim. However, Betsy Ross is still a remarkable figure intertwined with the creation of the American flag, and there are many fascinating facts about her life. The legend goes that George Washington , along with George Ross and Robert Morris, members of a committee established by the Continental Congress , visited Betsy Ross' house in Philadelphia in with a sketch of the flag that they wanted made. The flag featured thirteen alternating red-and-white stripes and thirteen six-pointed stars in a circle on a field of blue.
Betsy Ross January 1, —January 30, was a colonial seamstress who is usually credited with creating the first American flag. During the American Revolution , Ross made flags for the navy. After her death, she became a model of patriotism and a key figure in the legend of early American history.
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Betsy Ross: An Early American Life
You may know about the Betsy Ross Flag, but you probably didn't know that Betsy lost two husbands to the war, was kicked out of her church for marrying the wrong guy and was born into a family with 17 children! You will see the Betsy Ross House where she made the flag, the Betsy Ross Signature and find out how to make a 5-pointed star with one snip, a feat she performed for George Washington that helped her get the job of making the first flag of the United States. Learn about all these interesting Betsy Ross Facts and more below. Betsy Ross Facts - Dates of marriages, husbands' names. Betsy Ross married three times, her first two husbands died as a result of the Revolutionary War.
Andrew was successful at his trade. He was also of firm Quaker belief, and he was inspired to move to Philadelphia to become an early participant in Penn's "holy experiment. Griscom's son and grandson both became respected carpenters as well. Both have their names inscribed on a wall at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, home of the oldest trade organization in the country. He married Rebecca James who was a member of a prominent Quaker merchant family. It was not unusual for people in those days to have many children, so it is only somewhat surprising to learn that they had 17!
A symbol of patriotism, Ross is often celebrated as the woman who helped George Washington finish the design. Although there is no historical evidence that she created this flag, her story has made her a national icon. Betsy Ross was born as Elizabeth Griscom on January 1, She was the eighth of seventeen children, but only about nine survived childhood. Her father Samuel Griscom owned an old farmhouse and was a successful carpenter in New Jersey. Ross and her family were members of the Quaker religion and she attended a traditional Quaker school in Pennsylvania. Upon finishing her schooling, Ross became an apprentice for the popular upholsterer, John Webster.