Cheltenham United Methodist Church

Cheltenham United Methodist ChurchA sign provided by the Prince George's County Historical Society indicates that Cheltenham United Methodist Church was formerly the Westwood Methodist Episcopal Church. "Founded in 1873 at Westwood Farm, home of Julius H. Pyles, the cornerstone was laid on October 30, 1879 and the church constructed by the congregation. Enoch Pratt, Baltimore City philanthropist, attended the dedication. The pulpit was handmade from a cherry tree taken from the property. Early ministers traveled from Bladensburg on horseback. The Sunday School building was added in 1945."

At right is a photo from the scrapbook of Maud Selby Young taken about 1900.

Joseph H. Selby, his wife Martha Pyles Selby, their infant son Henry, and their daughter Hattie Selby are buried as a family close to the church building on the east side. Some writings by and about Hattie Selby survive and reveal much about the life and times of Cheltenham residents.

Marker for Cheltenham Methodist Church Cheltenham United Methodist Church
The Church in 2010 with the Sunday School building to the left
Side of church
The Selby family marker in the
graveyard alongside the church
Joseph H Selby
Joseph H. Selby
Born Aug. 19,1841
Died Feb. 8, 1913
Martha A Selby
Martha A. Selby
Mar. 7, 1855
Feb. 9, 1943
Hattie Selby
Hattie I. Selby
1881 - 1969
Henry Selby
Infant son of Joseph H.
and Martha A. Selby