My family, like most people living in America in 1776, were colonial subjects of England. And they wanted to have all of the rights of Englishmen, including representation in government. After all, they were obliged to pay taxes, it just seemed fair.
The people who wanted to go to war with England at that time were revolutionaries. Those people who wanted to keep things the same way, and not go to war, were patriots, or "loyalists". Being patriotic meant being loyal to the king. My family was disloyal to the king, as they were revolutionaries, not patriots. After they won the war, of course, they became patriots to the new government of The United States of America.
This was a very popular revolution. In fact, it wasn't healthy to be a loyalist in colonial America. Towns like Deerfield, Massachusetts, where my family lived, organized "Committees of Safety" and actively made life difficult for anyone who was patriotic to England. In fact, if someone smelled tea brewing in your house, you could be in big trouble. Revolutionaries didn't drink tea!