Faun Boyd Cookbook

Illustrations of fruit in bowlsFaun Boyd, owner of the cookbook displayed here was a daughter of Dr. Ambrose H. Boyd, influential late 19th century Euless citizen. Faun, whose name might actually have been Florence or Florina, was born in 1869 in Northeast Tarrant County. Ambrose H. Boyd was a physician, druggist, farmer, and nurseryman, who was active in local politics and churches. Dr. Boyd and his wife Margaret married in about 1850 and moved to Texas in 1859 or 1860, probably from Illinois, with two sons, Julian R. (born 1856) and John Scott (born 1858). Other children, all born in Texas, were Judson C. (1861), Jessie Maud (1865), and Faun.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Dr. Boyd joined the Confederate Army, serving throughout the war, eventually becoming a cavalry officer. In 1863 he purchased a 320 acre farm in Tarrant County, the entire Elijah Rogers survey. Boyd Branch, named for him, flowed through his farm and today drains much of central Euless. The nearest towns were Grapevine, seven miles north, and Birdville, ten miles west.

About four miles west of his farm a new community soon developed, taking the name Bedford in 1877. There Boyd operated a drug store. By 1879 he and his son, John Scott, had broadened their farming enterprise, establishing Tarrant County Nurseries. In 1885 John Scott was a founding member of the Texas State Nurserymen's Association, now the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. By 1886 they had opened a retail outlet for their nursery in Fort Worth and were seeking agents to represent them in all parts of Texas.

In the immediate vicinity of the nursery another community evolved around a cotton gin owned by Elisha Adam Euless, a school named Woodlawn, a Grange Hall, and two churches. When this community secured a post office in 1886, it was named for the cotton gin owner, but mistakenly identified in post office records as Enless. Always serving his community, Dr. Boyd in 1878 became one of the original trustees of nearby Calloway Cemetery, burial place of many Euless citizens. He actively pursued his farming and nursery interests the rest of his life, even encouraging other people to enter the nursery business, especially his nearest neighbor, A.N. Cannon, founder of Euless Nurseries in 1897. John Scott eventually moved to Cleburne and later Denton, becoming a successful nurseryman and florist.

In 1886 Faun, Dr. Boyd's younger daughter who still lived at home, acquired this cookbook, Mrs. Owens' Cookbook and Useful Household Hints, compiled by Mrs. Frances B. Owens and published by James B. Smiley, Chicago, 1886. She wrote her name, September 2, 1886, and Euless (or Enless) in the flyleaf. She married Edward L. White, Fort Worth furniture store executive. They were parents of one daughter, Maude, who married Wiley Lee Coleman Jr. Margaret Boyd died in 1909 and Dr. Boyd in 1916. They were buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. In 1917 their heirs sold the farm to close friends, Marion Jernigan and his wife, Mary Jane Fuller Jernigan, parents of a daughter named Faun for the Boyd daughter. Faun Boyd White died in 1942 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Weldon G. Cannon
August 2007