5 Things Betsy Ross Did That Weren’t Sewing a Flag

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Stories December 25, 2019 5 Things Betsy Ross Did That Weren’t Sewing a Flag

What do you know about Betsy Ross? Good seamstress, lived sometime around the Revolutionary War? Sounds about right.

It’s true that Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross sewed the first American flag after a fateful meeting with George Washington, George Ross, and Robert Morris. But aside from the albeit very important project, Betsy lived an incredible life – she was married three times, owned her own business, and was a very principled, passionate leader.

History may only remember one part of Betsy Ross’ life, but we remember all of it. Without further ado, here are five things Betsy Ross did that WEREN’T sewing a flag.

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  1. Brenna Campbell
    Brenna Campbell
    March 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Well, this may come as a surprise to you, but some of us don’t consider marrying or having children to be resume-worthy. In fact, many of us do not define our self-worth by our spouses or ability to create life or parent. Perhaps better to focus on her revolutionary and independent spirit? It’s not just that she eloped, but by marrying interdenominationally, she was completely cut off from her family and community. She knew George Washington because they attended the same church and lived in the same community. When her husband died, she returned to the Quakers, but from palling around with revolutionaries, she sympathized with the reasons behind the war and supported “the Fighting Quakers.” Holy anachronism!

    • Megan Bliss
      Megan Bliss
      May 22, 2019 at 7:40 am

      The fact that she did everything she did WHILE raising a family says even more about her, not less. Her beliefs were different than yours, and leave it at that. Please don’t infer your opinion or lifestyle is the only one that matters or counts.

      • Wanda Casamento
        Wanda Casamento
        July 3, 2019 at 7:29 pm

        It might be a surprise to you but this was very unusual for a woman to do back then .Let alone being a Quaker. It was also not a resume worthy thing back thin. but she was very talented and most trusted as a seamstress and an upholsterer- and raised 7 children. What women did back then might be boring to you However I find her fascinating .- This little article was clever and pithy Thank you

    • Wanda Casamento
      Wanda Casamento
      July 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Totally agree with you and I think your wording was eloquent to the point – I couldn’t hold myself back though I had to say something -I love history and I love to learn about the difference and how people were back then verses now. They had different thought’s on how life is and how they felt about other people is amazing .I don’t get why they aren’t teaching this in school . People today seem to think today, that people back then should of known better and ,that they are no different today than yesterday, If they were able to pop to life and explore us now I think they would be amazed and shocked with all of us. Just like we would be with them hahahaha

    • Awakened Patriot
      Awakened Patriot
      July 4, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Well, Brenna…Consider Betsy had no WELFARE for free support. And she MARRIED the fathers of her children. She didn’t divorce. She was widowed. All while managing a business in a time when women were second class citizens and thought to be too unintelligent to have one.

    • D.S.
      May 13, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Raising seven children being downplayed by someone who obviously hasn’t raised any, even with full government assistance.


      Crossing social boundaries for love downplayed by someone who would cross the room for someone who didn’t virtue signal.


      Having an amazing active life and impactful legacy downplayed by someone who has not the first, thusly neither the second.

      Just FN sad.

  2. Earl P. Williams, Jr.
    Earl P. Williams, Jr.
    May 23, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Scholars no longer accept the claim that Betsy Ross or George Washington had anything to do with the origin of the Stars and Stripes. The Ross claim is based on uncorroborated and inaccurate Ross family lore that did not surface until the 1870s — a century after the Revolution. For example, the two members of the alleged U.S. congressional committee who accompanied George Washington to Mrs. Ross’ house — Robert Morris and George Ross — were actually members of the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety. This committee oversaw the Pennsylvania navy. Mrs. Ross made “ship’s colours” for Pennsylvania’s navy during the War. The “ship’s colours” consisted of (1) blue ensigns (naval flags) with 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes in the ensign’s upper-left-hand corner (canton) and (2) narrow, red ship’s pennants. After the War, Mrs. Ross and her family business made U.S. flags for 50 years. It is true that she made five-pointed stars with one snip of the scissors. See the Wikipedia article on Betsy Ross. General George Washington had nothing to do with creating the official U.S. flag because the flag was created under the auspices of the Continental Marine Committee (which oversaw maritime affairs) and the U.S. Navy (which was under this committee). Congress adopted the Marine Committee’s U.S. Flag Resolution on June 14, 1777 — observed as Flag Day. See the Wikipedia article on Francis Hopkinson. Earl P. Williams, Jr., U.S. flag historian (paleoexillologist)

    • Wanda Casamento
      Wanda Casamento
      July 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      that is not all scholars and until they can come to terms with all the facts I’m not changing my with their beliefs – I think a radical socialist groups want to change our history or take it away from us. I don’t agree with their claims one iota. They also believe that we should change our flag for they good of all these people and the ones that support them – not one of these people have summited proof of their finding yet we are suppose to find it just agree with them- I so hard to believe that a person an become so broke up over a flag. Our history and those flags reflect the bad times, the sad times, the hard times, the battles, the births, the deaths the trails the learning the denying and the great times. these trials and tribulations throughout our history and the worlds history has taught one we should and shouldn’t do. What I would like to know is why these people like C Kaepernick are so Offended over our history and fags meanwhile in Libya they’re Islamic people that are still to this day buying and saling Black people. In todays world these people in the Islamic countries refuse to learn. They stone women that are found guilty of infidelity after they were raped 5 males makes this decision including the rapist – in a sharia court . anyone is Offended ? yet the feminists insist that America has a rape culture but Koran says that men are suppose to rape their wives Hmmmm– I’m not saying all islamists are extremists but after I viewed this on YouTube it does make me wonder

    • Wanda Casamento
      Wanda Casamento
      July 3, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      I would also like to add that was a great story and I would agree with that is possibly what could of happened and then down the line someone decided to change the meanings of the colors they stood for. White signifies purity and innocence,Red signifies hardiness & valour,&Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice. I was caught on the story about the Nike today by a Professor Dyson and his belief that her flag is like a swastika. I wrote you back real quick when I read your first lines I apologize what you wrote is a far cry from what this professor is trying to claim – I hope you will forgive me and hope you aren’t to aggravated by this annoying st.ory – but I feel we need to know what all sides of the story is to understand it and learn from it the best. like the quote by either [ Machiavelli’ or some say Sun Tzu, The Art of War,, with hysterically by “Michael Corleone” in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola: “My father taught me many things here — he taught me in this room taught me —” *Keep your friends close by your enemies closer*” I must make sure that credit is given to the person alive or passed on for the quote I hope I got the right person – but google doesn’t really know. once again I thank you for what you taught me today about why the colors were chosen for the Betsy Ross 13 colony American flag

      • Anne Field
        Anne Field
        July 7, 2019 at 1:44 am

        The interesting part is after everyone claims it is comparable to a Nazi symbol and a burning cross it turns out that at Obama’s second inauguration he had two huge Betsy Ross flags along with two other designs in the background. Nothing was said about it being racist, it isn’t in the list of racist symbols and never has been.
        I want our History to include the good, the bad and the ugly….full TRUTH. I don’t want the book burning mentality and erasing History. For sure add in the fact that the Founding Fathers were slave owners, don’t white wash it. These are human beings living in a time when things were seen differently, it doesn’t mean we have to agree with their choices but we shouldn’t write them out of history. Take Thomas Jefferson….there is DNA proof that he fathered children with one of his slaves, we don’t know if it was out of love or if it was rape but the fact remains there are Blacks today who have him as their ancestor. At the house of Thomas Jefferson two descendants one on the Black side and one on the White side began having a get together and founded a society. Now the TRUTH is told during the tours of the house. Of course there are people on both sides that want nothing to do with it all. I think it’s wonderful that finally the TRUTH is being spoken with the knowledge of what Thomas Jefferson did but not his motives. Truth sets you free! PEACE

  3. James Rogers Bush
    James Rogers Bush
    July 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    The Betsy Ross Flag

    We should never let the Right appropriate the important symbols of our history, nor should we let the Left reject them because the Right has used them for nefarious purposes. The Betsy Ross flag is not comparable to the Confederate or Nazi flags. It was and is a flag that symbolized the unity of the original thirteen colonies in their fight for independence from Great Britain.

    I’m reminded of how Germany still uses its long-standing national anthem even though it was used during the Nazi period. Their solution was to remove the offending stanzas, like the one that says ‘Deutschland Uber Alles.’ They also continue to use the traditional eagle as a national symbol, but without the swastika. We should do the same thing with our national anthem, and the Betsy Ross flag needs no alterations.

    We should never ‘throw out the baby with the bathwater’ when dealing with the dark side and imperfections of our past. In our efforts to cleanse that part of our history and those traditions that are now seen as flaws, we should be careful not to wash away the good with the bad. If we do, we may find ourselves bereft of the good part of the history and traditions that make us who we are.

    Great care should always be exercised when we consider what of our history should continue to be honored, what should be altered for the greater good, and what should be abandoned or limited to the history books and museums.

    The Betsy Ross flag should not be abandoned or altered, it should be honored for what it is: an original symbol of unity in the American fight to be free.


  4. Awakened Patriot
    Awakened Patriot
    July 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, Earl. Go to Wikipedia and look at the references. Leftists,.

  5. Earl P. Williams, Jr.
    Earl P. Williams, Jr.
    December 25, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Dear “Awakened Patriot,”

    Not all Wikipedia articles are created equal. Some lack adequate annotation or rely on too few sources, which can give the impression of hearsay or bias. The references in the Wikipedia articles that are related to the U.S. flag were written by the best flag scholars in America. However, if you don’t like/trust these Wikipedia articles, you can get a free copy of “Our Flag,” Joint Committee on Printing, United States Congress, H. Doc. 100-247, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989, from your Congressman or Congresswoman. This is a great primer on the history of the U.S. flag, along with rules for displaying and respecting the Stars and Stripes.

    Best wishes,
    Earl P. Williams, Jr., U.S. flag historian (paleovexillologist)

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