Details about the life and times of this figure are not in abundance; however, you can read a Betsy Ross timeline in order to learn more about the events in the life of this ambitious lady.
1752 - January 1st, Elizabeth Griscom came into this world as the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Griscom. She was the eighth child of 17 in a conservative Quaker family. During her schooling years, she attended a Quaker institution.
1773 - At the age of 21, Betsy eloped with John Ross. They had to elope because Quakers did not believe that people should marry outside of their religion. However, Betsy fell deeply in love with her fellow apprentice at an upholstery shop. Ross was an Episcopalian. After crossing the Delaware River and getting married in New Jersey, Betsy was cut off from communication with her family.
1775 - John and Betsy returned to Philadelphia and started their own upholstery business.
1776 - Their business was suffering during the American Revolution. Since money was tight and the other effects of war were in play, they could not find the fabrics that they needed in order to keep up their shop at times.
1776 - John was injured after joining the Pennsylvania militia. Shortly after, he passed away due to his injuries.
1776 - When spring began to turn into summer, Betsy met with George Washington, George Ross, and Robert Morris. This meeting was the one that led to the sewing of the first flag of the United States of America by Betsy Ross.
1777 - Betsy remarried to a sea captain named to Joseph Ashburn.
1782 - Captain Ashburn was on a trip to the West Indies, when he was captured by the British. He was sent to Old Mill Prison
1782 - In March Captain Ashburn passed away. Within such a short period of time, Ross became a widow for the second time in her life.
1783 - In May Betsy married John Claypoole, a sailor who was also put in the Old Mill Prison. This ceremony was the first of her marriages to be performed at Christ Church, which was her hometown church from the days of her childhood.
1817 - This marriage lasted for awhile. Betsy and John joined the Quaker church. The couple had five daughters together and Betsy had two daughters from the past, although one of them passed away when she was very young.
1817 - John Claypoole passed away.
1827 - At the age of 75, Betsy stopped working. Throughout the years, she had brought many of her family members into the business with her including her daughter. Betsy moved to Abington, Pennsylvania to live with her daughter Sarah for the rest of her days.
1836 - On January 30, she passed away at the age of 84 years old. She was first buried at the Free Quaker burial ground.
1856 - Her body was exhumed and moved to Mount Moriah Cemetery.
1976 - Her remains were once again moved to the Betsy Ross House.
As with so many of these famous people from the past, rumors abound that the house is visited by spirits, and Betsy Ross and others from that time period roam.
Facts and information are courtesy of United States History.org.