Checking over our Merritt DNA project Patriarch page, I didn't see your Nathaniel or a Nowell listed. So no help there.http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/merritt/pats
However, several other folks that have responded to this thread have relatives who have indeed tested. They go back to one of two old families living in Essex Co VA in the 1700s. They are grouped under 'lineage III'
If you don't use FTDNA for testing, please let us know when your test results come in so we can compare!
outlndr AT q.com
ps - yes, this was a shameless plug to get folks working on Merritt DNA again :) We need more good paper trails, and more good dna