While you may know Betsy Ross best as the person who made the first United States flag, this fact may not even be true. However, many more facts are known about Betsy Ross, including what happened with the first flag.
Ross' grandson, William J. Canby, stated before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania that Ross told him on her deathbed that she made the first American flag by hand.
The following is a list, in no particular order, of unique, substantiated facts about Betsy Ross that should give you an idea of who she really was and what her life might have been like during the tumultuous years of America first developing and coming into its own right as a nation.
She was originally buried in Philadelphia at a Quaker burial ground. Her remains were removed from their original location at the Quaker burial ground and placed in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia twenty years after her death.
A year before the United States bicentennial in 1975, arrangements were made to have the remains of Betsy Ross removed from the cemetery in Mt. Moriah to the Betsy Ross House courtyard as this was the location where she supposedly lived while making the first American flag.
It is said that workers were not able to find Ms. Ross' remains under her tombstone at Mt. Moriah. Upon search of the rest of the family plot, bones were discovered that the workers assumed belonged to Betsy Ross. These remains were then taken to a tombstone at the Betsy Ross House where her remains are located as of today.
So, although we may never really know if Betsy Ross actually made the first flag or not, we do know important and interesting facts about Betsy Ross. Perhaps just as importantly, knowing these facts gives us more insight into what life was like for a woman during the Revolutionary War and during the early times of America.