Betsy Ross: The First American Flag

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Elizabeth Griscom, later know as Betsy Ross designed and made the first American flag. Betsy was born on January 1, 1752 and was a fourth generation American. She went to a public school and then received instruction in a specific trade, most likely upholstery. After completing her schooling she apprenticed a local upholster. In November of 1773 Betsy eloped with John Ross in New Jersey and caused her family to split because her marriage was inter-denominational. Together Betsy and John started an upholstery business. Shortly after the war started business became low and fabric was hard to find so John joined the Militia. While guarding an ammunition cache in mid-January 1776, John Ross was terribly wounded in an explosion. Betsy tried to
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