The orgins of the flag?



 I bet many people think  Betsy Ross was the original maker of the flag according to history the only proof we have are  her grandson's word and a daughter and niece of Betsy. Their are no receipts no flags are anything to show she really did this.


 Some important points are the time period are off from the Rosses memories 2  artists that were in Washington's army Colonel John Trumbull and Captain Charles Wilson Pearle show the flag in paintings two years before the Rosses date .

 A gentle man from New Jersey a Samuel Francis Hopkins Wetherill said he made the first flag and hade receipts from 1780 . He was also a signer of the declaration of Independence.

Betsy's grandson gave a speech in March  to a historical society about Betsy's involvement.  Betsy did mention this to a Quaker friend in the early 1800's and even gave him the pattern for the star.


 Yes friends this star is real and does prove the idea that Betsy made the flag . The history of this paper pattern does go all the way back to a friend of Betsy's and was locked in a safe over a century. It was found in 1922 by Abel P. Wetherill and relative of her friend.  A pistol was found and a paper pattern of the star.


 Samuel Wetherill was a member of the free fighting Quaker group along with Betsy and her husband.  The Quaker house had the paper star on display for many years till it was stolen out of a not locked box in 2004.

Our flag making gal had more than one husband and had seen a lot of heart-ache Her first husband was killed . John Ross who she started a upholstery business with was killed in a gun powder explosion in 1752.   He was outside the Quaker religion and they married at a tavern across the river in a Town now called Gloucester city.

 The historical society still has the fireplace mantel that was in the tavern.. More about the tavern another time.... Her next husband was Joseph Ashburn a sailor who died in England after being captured in a ship by the British.

 If you were British and living in the new world and fought again the British and they catch you they were put you in prison.

 Her last husband came and told her what happened Joseph and they were married.  He lived with her for over 34 years and died in 1817.

 She also had 5 daughters and two were lost in childhood. Betsy passed in the 1830's she was in her 80's she certainly lived a full life. I have noticed with history not everything is cut and dry  makes me wonder how many pieces of history was lost with time.


 Coming up.. artists of the day ,the story behind the star pattern and Betsy's grand-son ....


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