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    1. [N-E-MEM] FYI: "Betsey Ross" and .designer. of US Flag
    2. Ms Betty Fredericks
    3. Hello,   On this morning's news they showed a picture of Prince Harry of England standing in front of a crowd.   Some of the people were waving a .tiny.  British flag.     The thought popped into my head:    I wonder who .designed.  the US flag.    Of course, almost everyone knows who sewed it.    I just looked on-line and found this page:   Betsy Ross's daughter, Rachel Fletcher, testified in 1870, the following: "[The committee] showed her [Betsy Ross] a drawing roughly executed, of the flag as it was proposed to be made by the committee, and that she saw in it some defects in its proportions and the arrangement and shape of the stars. That she said it was square and a flag should be one third longer than its width, that the stars were scattered promiscuously over the field, and she said they should be either in lines or in some adopted form as a circle, or a star, and that the stars were six-pointed in the drawing, and she said they should be five pointed." Then it mentions this part of Betsey's life: The story of Betsy Ross's Life is one of triumph through adversity. She was disowned by the Quakers. She lost one husband to an explosion at a munitions depot that he was guarding. Her second husband died in a British prison. She survived her third husband, who was sick for many years. She had seven daughters, two of whom died in infancy. She maintained a business through it all. By the way, her pew was next to George Washington's at Christ Church. Since she didn't have any sons, the ROSS name didn't continue from her,  but there are many people with the ROSS name.   ...  A trivia question for you:   What was the name Betsey was born with? Elizabeth Griscom — also called Betsy, their eighth child and a fourth-generation American, was born on January 1, 1752.   Betty             (near Lowell, MA)

    05/06/2013 09:31:40