Historical Hall of Fame:  Nancy Chappelear Baird (1918-2002) was a mathematician, philanthropist, author, historian and genealogist who compiled/published vital records for several counties in Virginia
Virginia History Series 
Mrs. Nancy Chappelear Baird was born on November 25, 1918, daughter of the late George Warren Chappelear and Nannie Coles Binford. Nancy graduated from Madison College with a B.S. in Mathematics. She worked in the applied physics laboratory at Johns Hopkins, the geophysical laboratory at the Carnegie Institution,  the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in the office of the naval architect, and she served on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
 
She edited numerous books, including her great aunt's civil war diaries,JOURNAL OF AMANDA T. EDMONDS, LASS OF THE MOSBY CONFEDERACY, 1859-1867.
 
She was a well-known Virginia historian and genealogist, serving as a consultant to the A & E television network's series, "The Civil War."  Bringing the Civil War to the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers was written by James I. Robertson Jr. and William C. Davis and  published by Virginia Tech's Virginia "Center for Civil War Studies" with funding provided by a grant from Nancy Chappelear Baird.
 
Her survey of gravesites in Fauquier County is the most extensive collection of its kind.
 
Mrs. Baird was perhaps best known as a philanthropist Among other things,  she established a biology scholarship at James Madison University in the name of her father, who taught biology at Virginia Tech., and she was a major donor to the Virginia Historical Society which now holds her papers in their archives.
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Her Publications (Papers) held in the Virginia Historical Society archives include:
1964 Abstracts of Louisa County, Virginia will books, 1743-1801
1966 Bruton and Middleton Parishes, James City County, Virginia, parish register, 1662-1797.
1963 The Chappelear family.
1965 Early Fauquier County, Virginia marriage bonds, 1759-1854
2000 Fauquier County (Virginia) tombstone inscriptions
1970 Fauquier County, Virginia tombstone inscriptions.
1966 Hanover County, Virginia, 1810 and 1820 census records, 2004 Letters of Maj. Gen. Alvin Coe Voris. In: Louisa County historical magazine. Louisa, VA. vol.35, no.1 p. 93-103.
1997 Medical and surgical history of the Civil War. In: The Louisa county historical magazine. Louisa, VA. v.28, no.1 (Spring 1997), p. 50-52.
Memoirs, 1940-1945, of Nancy (Chappelear) Baird at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va., as a ship's draftsman.
Papers, ca. 1958-1965, concerning the Journals of Amanda Virginia Edmonds, 1857-1867
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