What is the origin of the phrase "heavens to Betsy"?

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It is an American expression that has been in dissemination then, mainly limited to America, the final part of the 19th epoch, though its use distressed during the 20th century and it is now rather of a relic. The expression literally implies a mild exclamation of surprise.
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