Betsy Ross lived from 1752 to 1836. She was born to Elizabeth Gris com in Philadelphia. In 1773 she ran away with John Ross to get married. But her husband died three years after they got married so Betsy took over his upholstery business. In 1777 there was a great revolt between colonies, which was called the Boston Tea Party.

Since her job was a seamstress at her former husband? s upholstery business, it was tradition that George Washington call on her to ask her to design and sew a national flag. After asking if she could make couple of changes on Washington? s original design she began to sew the famous American flag. After all this happened Betsy married a shipmate, Joseph Ashburn and they had two children. He died in prison after the British during the American Revolution captured his boat.

A year after he died she married John Claypoole who shared a prison cell with her former husband. They had five daughters. In 1817, which is when Claypoole died, Betsy went to go live with her sister in Philadelphia. Betsy Ross lived a very interesting life and is very famous because she hand sewed the American Flag!