Betsy Ross

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Comment by Earl P. Williams, Jr. on November 19th, 2021 at 12:28 am

Re: Correction to Betsy Ross’ Birthplace

The first sentence under the “Early Years” section incorrectly lists Betsy Ross’ birthplace as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ross was born in Gloucester City, New Jersey, and moved with her family to Philadelphia as a toddler. See:

1. Timmins, William D. “Betsy Ross: The Griscom Legacy.” Salem County, N.J.: The Salem County, N.J., Cultural and Heritage Commission Through the Auspices of the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 1983. p. 127.

2. Harker, John Balderston. “Betsy Ross’s Five Pointed Star: Elizabeth Claypoole, Quaker Flag Maker — A Historical Perspective.” Melbourne Beach, FL: Canmore Press. 2005. p. 28. (Note: John Balderston Harker was a direct descendant of Mrs. Ross’.)

Submitted by Earl P. Williams, Jr., U.S. flag historian (paleovexillologist)

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on November 19th, 2021 at 10:19 am

Thank you, Earl, for your comment.
Yes, I believe you are correct that Betsy Ross was born in New Jersey.
I will review the article and make corrections as appropriate.
Thank you again for taking the time to help make NWE a valuable information resource.

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