Anyone who has ever researched Virginia families, especially those in Fauquier County and Northern Virginia, is indebted to the work of Nancy Chappelear Baird.The Washington Post published her obituary noting her recent death on November 3, 2002:"Mrs. Baird was born on November 25, 1918, daughter of the late George Warren Chappelear and Nannie Coles Binford.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."Her survey of gravesites in Fauquier County is the most extensive collection of its kind. [...] Mrs. Baird was perhaps best known as a philanthropist and was a major donor to the Virginia Historical Society.[...] She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Alvin Baird, VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA.Services were held Friday, November 8, 2002 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane, VA.Interment in the church cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation may be made to either the Fauquier County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 3189, Warrenton, VA 20188 or the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, 205 Dry River Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812."
I have used Mrs. Baird's gravesite compendium extensively in my research on the Shacklett, Rector, and Bruffy families of Virginia.Her tireless efforts were of great benefit to many, and I just wanted to post this to let others know of her passing and to honor her contributions to our genealogical endeavors.