Elizabeth Griscom was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1752 to Samuel and Rebecca. Being born into a strict Quaker household she learned to sew from her great-aunt Sarah. She attended a Quaker-run state school. While assisting her father in the upholster business she fell I love with John. The couple eloped in 1773 marrying at Hugg’s Tavern in Gloucester City, New Jersey.
When the American Revolutionary War started John was a member of the Pennsylvanian Provincial Militia. John was killed in action when a gunpowder keg exploded. She continued to repair uniforms, making tents, blankets and stuffed paper tube cartridges for the Continental Army.
After the war she married again twice, all total she had five daughters and no sons. She spent the last three years with her daughter Jane until her death in 1836, she was 84.
What you may not know about Elizabeth Griscom is when she married John her name changed to Ross, better known as Betsy. That’s right Elizabeth Griscom is the Betsy Ross that made the first American flag. Until tomorrow my wish for you is a happy day filled with a lot smiles and a laugh along the way