Birth (Date and Location)I was born on January 1st, 1752 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Early LifeI was born into a Quaker family. I had a simplelife, with Quaker meetings twice a week. I woreplain clothing, and I wasn’t allowed to playmusic or cards, dance, read fiction or go to thetheater.
EducationI went to a public school until I was 12 years old. I love to sew and do needle work.That became my trade after I finished school.
Adult Life I secretly married John Ross a non Quaker on November 4, 1773.My parents did not approve of this marriage because of his differentreligion. We opened an upholstery shop in Philadelphia. It was slow at firstbut then it became busier. My husband, John, died and then I married Joseph Ashburn andthen John Claypoole. I continued my business throughout the rest of my life as aseamstress.
AccomplishmentsI made the first American flag. I suggested to GeorgeWashington that a 5 point star will look better than a 6point star and he agreed. That is why our stars have 5points.
Impact on the WorldThe American flag I made helped unite the 13 colonies duringthe Revolutionary War. We now had a symbol whichrepresented all colonies and eventually our nation.