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Betsy Ross Timeline
Timeline Description: Betsy Ross made the first American flag during the War for Independence. Her vision lives on today every time we wave our flag. This is a timeline of her life.

Date Event
January 1, 1752 Betsy is born

Betsy was born as Elizabeth Griscom in Philadelphia, PA.
1758 Betsy began attending school

Betsy came from a family of Quakers. She learned to sew when she was apprenticed to an upholsterer.
1773 Betsy gets married

Betsy ran away from home to marry her sweetheart, John Ross. They opened an upholstery shop where Betsy sewed.
1776 George Washington visits Betsy Ross

While working in her upholstery shop in New Jersey, Betsy Ross got a visit from General George Washington. He wanted her to design and sew a flag for the new nation.
1777 Betsy remarries

Betsy's first husband had died in 1775, and she remarried. Her second husband was killed in prison.
1783 Betsy remarries again and has children

Betsy finally remarried again, and she had five daughters.
1783 The Treaty of Paris is signed

A few months after Betsy's wedding, the Treaty of Paris was signed. It ended the Revolutionary War.
1790 A decade of flags (1790's)

Betsy taught her daughters how to sew, and they made many flags together in their shop.
1810 Betsy's job continues

Over the next many years Betsy made flags for many other companies. She made flags for forts, ships, and even the Indians.
1812 The National Anthem was written

The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key after he looked at a huge flag sewn by Mary Pickersgill.
1827 Retirement from the flag-making business

Betsy retired from making flags at the age of 75. Her eye sight was getting bad, and she knew it was time to rest.
1836 Betsy Ross dies

She died in her home at the age of 84.
1870 Betsy's story is told to the nation

Betsy's grandson, William Canby, told Betsy's story to the Pennsylvania Historical Society. No one knew she had met with George Washington before that.
1952 A stamp in her honor

In 1952 the United States Postal Service made a stamp in Betsy Ross' honor.
1975 Betsy Ross goes home

Betsy Ross's remains were moved to her old home in New Jersey. There she could rest eternally. Betsy played an important role in history. She proved that women were just as important to the freedom movement as men. She will always be remembered.