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Rebecca Minot Prescott (1742–1813)[1] was the second wife of United States Founding Father Roger Sherman.

She was the daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Minot Prescott from Salem, Massachusetts; the niece of Roger Sherman’s brother Rev. Josiah Sherman, and the second cousin once removed of Colonel William Prescott.

Rebecca married Roger Sherman on May 12, 1763. She was his second wife. His first wife, Elizabeth Hartwell, died during childbirth.

US flag designer Betsy Ross allowed Rebecca Sherman the privilege of sewing on three of the flag’s stars. Rebecca then requested, and was chosen to make, the first official flag of the State of Connecticut.[2]

Rebecca Sherman became the mother of eight of Roger's fifteen children: Rebecca, Elizabeth, Roger, Mehitabel, Mehitabel, Oliver, Martha, and Sarah. Of those eight children:


  1. ^ Sherman Genealogy, by Thomas Townsend Sherman (New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1920), pg. 151
  2. ^ Rebecca Prescott Sherman, 1743-1793: Wife of Roger Sherman Retrieved January 14, 2007.

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