The Land for Boone's Chapel

John Boone (1st) was probably born in England before 1662 and died before June 25, 1689 in Calvert County, Maryland, where he and his wife, Grace, resided at "The Cliffs". His oldest son, John, was twelve or younger when his father died. After John's death, Grace married Robert Brooke. In 1705 the estate of John Boone was distributed to his children: John Boone (2nd), Henry Boone, Elisabeth Boone, and Grace Boone.

John Boone (2nd) was born in Calvert County about 1678 and died after December 17, 1776 (at nearly 100 years old!) in Prince George's County. As Shirley Middleton Moller writes:

John Boone was a devout Catholic and with the easing of the laws prohibiting the practice of the Catholic faith, John built Boone's Chapel. His purpose was to provide a Chapel that was to be used by his Catholic family and his neighbors of Prince George's and Charles Counties. It was built on a tract of land called Brooke Wood, and it is thought that the chapel may have been erected as early as 1710, which would be possible as John owned 150 acres of Brooke Wood in the year 1707. According to the Prince George's County Genealogical Society, this chapel marked the beginnings of the Catholic Church in the middle of Prince George's County area.

When John Boone (2nd) died, his son, John Boone (3rd) received all of his father's lands, including Boone's Chapel.

John Boone (3rd) was born in Prince George's County after 1708 and died before April 1789 at his plantation "Brook Wood." Alexius Boone, oldest son of John Boone (3rd), inherited all his father's lands, including Brooke Wood, Brooke Discovery, Hazard, Boone's Folly, and Boone's Chapel along with one acre of land about the Chapel.

In 1811 Alexius Boone deeded the land to Benjamin Oden [PGLR JRM14.666].

In 1827 Benjamin Oden deeded Boone's Chapel and it's one acre of land to the trustees of Boone's Chapel. Recorded by hand in PGLR AB4.607 at the Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Prince George's County:

This deed made this seventh day of October in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty seven between Benjamin Oden of Prince George's County in the State of Maryland of the one part and Thomas A. Mudd, Joseph B. Hill and John G. Summers (trustees of Boone's Chapel) of the County and State aforementioned of the other part. Witnesseth that the said (Benjamin Oden for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar current money) to him in hand paid by the said Thomas A. Mudd, Joseph B. Hill and John G. Summers (trustees of Boone's Chapel)...[for the] land surrounding the Church commons called and known by the name of Boone's Chapel. Beginning for the same at the north corner of the said Church and going thence, south four degrees east five and a fifth perches, then north thirty five degrees east seventeen and a half perches, then north thirty five degrees west nine and one fifth perches, then south thirty five degrees west seventeen and a half perches, then south fifty five degrees east nine and one fifth perches, then with a straight line to the beginning, containing one acre of land more or less, together with all and singular, the buildings, improvements, woods, ways, waters, watercourses...   [Complete text in pdf]

Land Surrounding Boone's Chapel

In 1744 John Boone (2nd) granted to his son, Charles Boone, 100 acres of Brooke Wood "excepting only one acre of said land whereon the chapel doth stand" [PGLR BB1.261]. In 1795 Charles Boone granted the land to Elexius Boone [PGLR JRM4.111].

[Research will fill this gap in ownership shortly.]

In 1854 part of the estate of deceased John Brown Brooke (42 acres of the tract known as Boone's Chapel Woods) was sold to Jos. H. Selby at $30 per acre [12/27/1854 Planters' Advocate, page 92].

In 1854 William H. Turton, trustee, sold to Joseph H. Selby 223 acres called Boones (minus "one acre for Boones Church") for $2,210.53 with $500 in hand [PGLR EWB1.23].

In 1857 Joseph H. Selby bought from John B. Brooke land "now called Selby's Purchase being a part of Boone's Chance beginning for the outlines of said parcel of land at a large white oak stump, it being the remains of a bonded oak tree said to stand in the West South West line of a tract of land called Brooke-Wood and the beginning of a parcel of land called Boone's Folly and running from thence south 57° 45' east 13 4/5 perches to a Cedar Stake standing on the Main road leading from the Roman Chapel towards Upper Marlboro... 41 7/8 acres" [PGLR CSM2.81].

In 1864 siblings Edwin Jeremiah Selby, Richard Brown Selby, Ann Selby Soper, Joseph Henry Selby, and Catharine Selby (Curtin)  inherited 55 acres each from their father, Joseph Henry Selby, for a total of 275 acres of land.

In 1921 about 60 acres of land was deeded to Frank Willes Selby. This was the same land upon which his father Edwin J. Selby resided in his lifetime, and the same land inherited from his grandfather, Joseph H. Selby.

Boone's Chapel is now privately owned by one of the Selby families and is not available for public tours without permission.

NOTE: PGLR xx.yy references the Prince George's County Land Record book followed by Liber or volume (xx), and Folio or page (yy). These are available for reference at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.