Dr. Barry Hayes DID use the expresseion "likely" - in any event, he clearly shows Major Thomas "Ancient Planter" closely in business partnerships with Col. John Carter.
(5) Thomas Carter (ca. 1630-1669) was very likely the son of William Carter of Surry (1600-1654/55) and the nephew of Major Thomas Carter and Col. John Carter of Corotoman. He is usually called "Thomas Carter, Sr. of Isle of Wight." Actually, he was located on a small plantation (south of the Rappahannock in Lancaster), probably in the service of the Vintner Company during the early 1650s when he evidently married Elinor, daughter of William Cooke of the merchant-mariner family of Bristol and closely connected with the Carters in Lancaster until the early 1660s. When Thomas Carter's father died in 1654/55, his uncle Col. John of Corotoman and a company operative Samuel Huby received a patent a few miles south of the William Carter plantation in the Blackwater borderlands of Surry and Isle of Wight. Thomas had relocated there by 1658 where he died in 1669, just five years after his father-in-law William Cooke patented adjacent the Carter-Huby grant. Half of this grant went to Thomas' teenage orphan upon his death in 1669 and became the first part of the Carter "Nanticoke" Plantation. (6) Thomas Carter, Jr. of Isle of Wight (ca. 1652/53-1710), the son of # 5, received the other half of "Nanticoke" in 1673 from his father-in-law George Moore and wife Jane Barcroft Moore. He is my ancestor;