From a very young age, Betsy was a very passionate, confident woman. She was working as an apprentice upholsterer when she fell in love with a fellow apprentice named John Ross. In order to follow her heart and marry the man she loved, she was forced to elope with him: her parents were staunch member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers; who scorned interdenominational marriage). Her parents disowned her when they learned of her marriage to an Episcopal reverend’s son.
The young couple opened up an upholstery shop, but business was bad due to the lack of fabric during the American Revolution. It didn’t take long for John to join the
In June 1776, Betsy received the fateful visit from George Washington, George Ross (John’s uncle), and Robert Morris of the Continental Congress. The Committee of Three showed Betsey a sketch of a flag that
The story of Betsy Ross's life is one of triumph through adversity. She was disowned by not just her parents, but the
I encourage you to explore more about this remarkable woman and the part she played in shaping our nation. A great place to start is the Betsey Ross Homepage.