Hi - I would like to join the 1776 project. I have a particular interest my colonial Stites ancestors who lived in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island before and during the war. More specifically, I am researching Stites family who were members of the Scotch Plains Baptist Church including the children of William Stites (1676-1727) who lived in and around Elizabeth Town and his grandchildren. Their history intersects with the founding of Brown University and the First Baptist Church of New York City, among other things, so there are a number of archival and historical source materials to draw from. For example, I have seen published extracts from letters that Rev. James Manning (founding president of Brown U.) wrote to his future wife, Margaret Stites, when he was a student at Princeton in the 1750s.