In the Village Record of August 14, 1840 Daniel Nields a local cabinetmaker advertised ready-made coffins and undertaking.
In 1858, he moved the business to 22 South High Street where he operated an extensive “Cabinet Making and Undertaking Business”. In 1860, William Massey took over the business for two years until in 1862 Daniel Nields became proprietor and advertised that he had “Fashionable hearses with Ice Boxes and Coolers”.
At the death of Daniel Nields in 1872 his son, Theodore, ran the family business for the next 11 years. At his death, Theodore’s widow, Clara Oram Nields, continued to operate the business until 1885 when John Thorp purchased the business and moved it across the street to 21 South High. As the business continued cabinet making diminished and funeral directing became more specialized.
In 1928, the business was moved to 101 South Church Street. In 1930, Harold A. Famous who had been associated with the business since 1926 purchased the business and continued to operate it until his death in 1961. Sarah Famous, the widow of Harold, operated the business for a number of years.
In 1966, Joseph E. Boyd, Jr. purchased the funeral home and eventually renamed the business to Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. In 1985, his son Robert S. Boyd joined him in business and for the next twenty years continued to conduct their business at 101 South Church Street.
In January of 2006, the Boyd’s merged and relocated their business to 410 North Church Street with DellaVecchia, Reilly & Smith Funeral Home, Inc. to become DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.