Hi, my name is Arthur Van Riper [Van Riper-81] and would like to join the 1776 Project. I have many ancestors that served in the War for Independence (ie. Ayers, Colfax, McGlaughlin, Doremus, Rupe, Roush [the nine brothers], Zirkle and Ryerson). One ancestor was Capt, William Colfax, Commander of Washington's Life Guard and later, Brig Gen of the Bergen Brigade in the War of 1812. He is from my home town of Wayne, NJ.