Essay on Betsy Ross and the Legend of "old Glory"
It was here where Betsy met another apprentice, John Ross the son of an Episcopal minister at the Christ Church, and fell in love. During this time period in our early history, the Quakers did not accept inter-denominational marriages, and members of the church who did so would be "read out" or cut off emotionally and economically from both family and the Quaker meetinghouse. Betsy's entire history and community would be instantly dissolved. But love conquered even the harshest of adversity and on a November night in 1773, 21-year-old Betsy eloped with John Ross. They ferried across the Delaware River to Hugg's Tavern in Gloucester, New Jersey and were married. In doing so Betsy severing all ties with her family and community. Interesting enough their wedding certificate was signed by New Jersey Governor, William Franklin the son of Benjamin Franklin.
According to local tax records the couple began their own upholstery shop some time before March of 1775. Competition during this time was fierce and due to Betsy being "read out" they couldn't count on business from the Quaker community. Nevertheless the