Lead:      Though probably alien to her in that era, if the word entrepreneur does not describe Elizabeth Griscom Ross Ashburn Claypoole, the woman we know as Betsy Ross, who does it describe?

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Defying her parents and the Quaker community, Philadelphian Elizabeth Griscom, called “Betsy,” eloped in 1773 with Anglican John Ross. Both were apprentice upholsterers. The Rosses’ established a home and upholstery business on what was then Mulberry Street in Philadelphia.  At marriage, Betsy was not pregnant, though thirty percent of American pregnancies between 1761 and 1800 were “short-term” or pre-marital conceptions.

 

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