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.
|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.
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.