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Betsy ROSS

American Betsy ROSS

born Elizabeth GRISCOM

Widely credited with making the first American flag

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on January 01, 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: on January 30, 1836 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Betsy Ross was born on January 1, 1752, to Samuel Griscom (1717–93) and Rebecca James Griscom (1721–93) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Betsy was the eighth of seventeen children, of whom only nine survived childhood. A sister, Sarah (1745–47), and brother, William (1748–49), died before Elizabeth ("Betsy") was born (another sister, Sarah Griscom Donaldson (1749–85), was named after the earlier deceased Sarah). Betsy was just five years old when her sister Martha (1754–57) died, and another sister, Ann (1757–59), only lived to the age of 2. Brothers Samuel I (1753–56) and Samuel II (1758–61) both died at age three. Two others, twins, brother Joseph (1759–62) and sister Abigail (1759–62), died in one of the frequent smallpox epidemics in the autumn of 1762. She grew up in a household where the plain dress and strict discipline of the Quakers dominated her life. She learned to sew from great-aunt Sarah Elizabeth Ann Griscom. Her great-grandfather, Andrew Griscom, a member of the Quakers and a carpenter, had emigrated in 1680 from England.

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