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Betsy Ross' relationship with Joseph Ashburn ended when Joseph Ashburn died on 1782. They had been married for 4.5 years.

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Betsy Ross

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Why Famous: Maker of the first American Flag

Age: 84 (1/1/1752 - 1/30/1836)


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Joseph Ashburn

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Why Famous: Second Husband of Betsy Ross

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Event Start Date Length
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Married 6/15/1777 4.5 years
Deceased 1782 --
 Total4.5 years*

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Why did Betsy Ross and Joseph Ashburn break up?

In 1780 a British frigate captured Joseph's ship as his was a mariner. The crew was charged with treason and taken to Old Mill Prison in Plymouth, England. While Ashburn was imprisoned at Old Mill, his and Betsy's first daughter, Zilla, died at only nine months old and their second daughter, Eliza was born. Joseph never learned of Zilla's death nor had the opportunity to see his new daughter, because he died of an unknown illness before the British released the American prisoners in 1782.

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