This section is from the book "Bepler's Handy Manual of Knowledge And Useful Infomation", by David Bepler. Also available from Amazon: Bepler's Handy Manual of Knowledge and Useful Information.
In June, 1776, a committee was appointed by the Continental Congress to design a flag for the new government about to go in operation. Colonel George Ross was on this committee who, accompanied by George Washington, called upon an upholsterer in Philadelphia, named Mrs Ross, to instruct her how to make the new flag. Washington himself made a drawing of the flag in her parlor, and while doing this took some suggestions from her as to its design. She said that the stars should be five-cornered instead of six-cornered as Washington had made them. This ingenious lady made the first flag, and several others afterward, finishing them up in a very superior manner, entirety satisfactory to those who had the honor of first lifting them to the breeze.