I don't know if or how our two Emory families are related. However, if your ancestor came from Queen Anne's County, Maryland, they undoubtedly are related.
The Emory family of the Eastern Shore of Maryland started with a single person, Arthur Emory (Abt 1625-1699), who immigrated to Maryland in the 1600s. I have quite a lot of information on his descendents.
I descend in two lines from the Emory family of Queen Anne's County, Maryland. I know one line but not much about the other one. I have the direct line of descent from Arthur the immigrant to my great, great grandmother, Ann Cox Emory (1812-1896). However, her son (my great grandfather), Hopper Emory Nicholson, also married an Emory. This was my great grandmother Sarah Emory. However, I do not know for certain her line of descent. I am only surmising that her father was named William Emory only because there was only one Emory family (a William Emory) listed in the 1870 Census with a young girl named Sarah and of the right age to be my great grandmother. However, this is not proof but a point from which to start looking. Hence, my posting asking for any information about any William Emory of this period.
There were several William Emorys on the Eastern Shore throughtout these time periods but I do not have any information of any of them fighting in the Revolutionary Warwar. Of course, that is not to say that they didn't.
If I understand the information you provided, your William Emery (note difference in spelling) was in Virginia during the Revolution and then aquired land in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, in 1820. The Maryland Emorys were very prominent and have been well researched. All but one branch of this line stayed on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the other branch went to Baltimore. I have not found any references to any of them going to Virginia (and then coming back?)
This plus the difference in the spelling of the name (Emery vs Emory) makes me question whether your William Emery of VA is related to the Emorys of Maryland. What is the evidence that the William Emory who acquired land in Maryland in 1820 is your William Emery or related to him?
If you have any more information on the William Emory who acquired land in Maryland in 1820, I may be able to tell you how he fits in.
Sorry I can't be of much help.
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