Betsy Ross sewed flags during the Revolutionary War. Although it is rumored that she sewed the first American flag at the request of George Washington during that time, there is no historical evidence to substantiate the claim.
Records indicate that Betsy Ross was hired by various agencies during the Revolutionary War to create flags. However, Ross was not the only flag maker of the time. There are at least three other women who were also doing the same. A century after the Revolutionary War, Betsy Ross' grandson began circulating a story that she had been approached by George Washington, who had a design for a flag for the newly formed United States. According to his story, Ross and Washington differed on how many points the stars on the flag should have. Washington wanted six. Ross, however, argued that five-point stars could be cut from one cloth. Whether or not Betsy Ross sewed the first flag, it is known that she continued to make flags long after the Revolutionary War ended. After being widowed when her first husband died in prison, Betsy remarried and became Betsy Claypoole. She had seven daughters in total, who all joined her in her flag-making endeavors.