Hello Anna, I am also researching Delaplaine family in Virginia. There appears to be some confusion among scholars concerning descendents of James De La Plaine who resided in Berkeley County Virginia.
I've attached notes from the publication Delaplaines of America regarding a Esther/Hester Delaplaine.
It appears that there may be two lines of Delaplaines residing in Virgnia during your timeframe - perhaps one family who relates back to Nicholas De La Plaine and another who were more recent immigrants to America.
Perhaps another researcher can shed light on this confusion.
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ID: I10821 Name: James Delaplaine 1 2 3 Sex: M Birth: 1736 in prob. Delaware 2 3 Birth: 1736 3 Reference Number: 474 Note: James Delaplaine (ID=474; iv-1) Born: ca 1736 At: probably Delaware Father: James Delaplaine (ID=24) Mother: Elizabeth Shoemaker (ID=25) Number of Children: 4 1: John Delaplane (ID=526) 2: Isaac A. Delaplain (ID=5201) 3: Esther Delaplane Compston (ID=4749) 4: Jesse Delaplane (ID=527)
James Delaplaine (ID 474) is of unproven origin. He first appears in the records as a private in the Virginia Continental Line in 1779.801 On the basis of some 1875 correspondence by James Delaplaine (ID 303)246 I have shown him as a son of James (ID 24). See ID 24 and ID 303 for further explanation. Little is known about James (ID 474) other than his military record and his land acquisitions. He enlisted in the 3rd Regiment of the Virginia Continental Line on January 1, 1779, and was at Middlebrook in March and April, Camp Smith Clove in May and June, Ramapaugh in September, Haverstraw in September and October and Morristown in November of that year. 801 He is shown as being taken prisoner at Charleston on May 12, 1780 60 and exchanged. 279 He was commissioned a Lieutenant on August 1, 1780. 801 He was transferred to the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Continental Line on February 12, 1780. 60 He appears on a list of officers of the Virginia Line who were at Winchester and Fort Pitt in March of 1783. 617 On July 5, 1783, he received £169.8.7½ in pay, but a report of January 10, 1786, states this overpaid him by $106.60. On June 29, 1790, he was given a warrant for 200 acres of land, but a note on that is the only item in his pension file at The National Archives. 801 On July 5, 1783, a Land Office Military Warrant, Number 1332, was issued to the principal surveyor of the land set apart for the officers and soldiers of the Commonwealth of Virginia for James Delaplane for 2666 & 2/3 acres for three years service as Lieutenant in the Virginia Continental Line. 474 I have found no record that James ever used this warrant and it is probable that he sold it to someone else. On October 3, 1787, Governor Edmund Randolph of The Commonwealth of Virginia approved five land grants (recorded in Berkeley County, Virginia, now West Virginia) to James Delaplain.147 These were all located on the waters of the Middle Fork of the Tygers Valley River and the waters of Big Sand Run in what was then Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia). They were parts of Land Office Treasury Warrants #19963 and #20000 originally issued October 17, 1783, and surveyed November 9, 1786. The five grants covered tracts of 1166, 2336, 1166, 1166, and 1166 acres, respectively. James was shown as assignee of Alexander Dick on all five. The five parcels were apparently contiguous and the description of one of them includes a reference to the road from Buchanan (Buckhannon) to Tygers Valley. This area is now in Taylor, Barbour, and Upshur counties in West Virginia. I have searched the land records (as well as other records) of all three counties but have found no reference to any Delaplaine. If James took possession of that much land, some record of disposal should appear. There is no record of James marrying or having children. There are records however in the same geographical area of four younger Delaplaines who cannot be placed with any other parent. James (ID 474) was in Berkeley County in 1787.147 A John Delaplane (ID 526) and three others of Berkeley County supplied wheat to the U. S. in 1780.807 An Esther Delaplane (ID 4749) married a Henry Compston in Berkeley County in 1787.802 An Isaac Delaplane (ID 5201) married an Elizabeth Compston in Berkeley County in 1785.802 A Jesse Delaplane (ID 527) married a Jean Fry in Berkeley County in 1798,802 was on the Berkeley County tax list for 1800 and was in the Berkeley County census for 1810. I have shown these four as children of James (ID 474) but have no proof. I have estimated their births from 1761 to 1767 but should point out that this would mean that James enlisted in the army when his children were teenagers and he was in his forties. While I have shown James as a possible son of James (ID 24; see comments under James, ID 303), Captain Russell Hoover Quynn in A Family Reliquiae 359 says James was James Kernier Delaplaine who descended from Count Fleury de la Plaine of Charleston, SC (see comments under Hannah Mary Delaplaine Hoover, ID 5415). I have found nothing to substantiate that statement, but Quynn's grandmother, Hannah Mary Delaplaine Hoover, seems to have remembered a substantial amount about other Delaplaine immigrants and her story cannot be ignored.[anc Hester Delaplaine.FTW]
James Delaplaine (ID=474; iv-1) Born: ca 1736 At: probably Delaware Father: James Delaplaine (ID=24) Mother: Elizabeth Shoemaker (ID=25) Number of Children: 4 1: John Delaplane (ID=526) 2: Isaac A. Delaplain (ID=5201) 3: Esther Delaplane Compston (ID=4749) 4: Jesse Delaplane (ID=527)
Father: James Delaplaine b: 5 OCT 1695 in poss. New Castle, DE Mother: Elizabeth Shoemaker b: ABT 1709 in Cheltenham, Philadelphia, PA