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Betsy Ross

By Staff | Jun 13, 2009

Little did little Elizabeth Griscom, born on Jan. 1, 1752, in colonial Pennsylvania know that one day she would be an important figure in American history books. It was her grandfather, Andrew Griscom, who resettled in eastern Pennsylvania from New Jersey to be closer to William Penn. The land he purchased is now a section of Philadelphia.

At the time of her birth, little Betsy Ross was part of the fourth generation of her family born on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. In her childhood years, she attended a Quaker school and learned the basics and one trade. It is surmised this trade was sewing. Despite angering her family, she later married John Ross, son of an Episcopal assistant rector at Christ Church. He eventually joined the Pennsylvania militia and was killed in January 1776. His wife was widowed at the tender age of 24.

She was approached by a committee of three in the spring of 1776. Headed up by George Washington, they asked the young widow to sew the first flag. The young woman did what the three asked her to do. While no one knows for sure, let’s believe that she did it for the two most obvious reasons, being:

n She loved to sew.

n She loved the idea of a new country the United States of America.

In her memory, a major Philadelphia bridge bears her name.


Our Own Red,

White and Blue

Author Unknown

There are many flags in many lands,

There are flags of many hue,

But there is no flag however grand,

Like our own red, white and blue.

Say hurrah for our flag,

Our country’s flag,

It’s stripes and it’s bright stars too.

But there is no flag however grand,

Like our own red, white and blue.