Jane: i believe that william marriott is indeed the father of both matthias marriott/merritt and charles marriott/merritt. I cannot however make the connection. Matthais was born 1640-1644in England charles was born abt 1652 also in England as william did not come to VA. until 1653 IF THIS IS THE CASE THEN THE WILLIAM MARRIOTT, LISTED AS MAJ. WILLIAM MARRIOTT IS NOT THE END OF THE MARRIOTT LINE BUT THE BEGINNING OF THE MARRIOTTS IN AMERICA.
NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN PROVEN TO DATE BUT I CAN TRACE MY LINE BACK TO CHARLES WHO ARRIVED IN VA. IN 1666 AT AGE 14.HE WORKED AS AN OVERSEER ON THE HARRISON PLANTATION FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS BEFORE MOVING TO NC ABOUT 1699 TILL HIS DEATH IN1718 J MERRITT