Her first husband, John Ross, was killed during the Revolutionary War just three years after the two eloped. Despite her loss, she continued to hustle in her war efforts working in the upholstery business repairing uniforms and making tents and blankets for soldiers. She is most widely known for being credited with creating and sewing the first American flag, a personal request from George Washington himself, and altering his original sketch with a six-pointed star shape to the five-pointed star by demonstrating she could easily create the latter. Although Betsy endured many great losses and difficulties during her life--the death of three husbands and two children, single motherhood, managing a household, running an upholstery business--she worked hard her entire life and still inspires today.
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“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”