Land Records for Castle Haven, Dorchester County, Maryland
James "Jimmy" Blackwell of Seaford, MD emailed some details from pages 18-20 of Calvin Mowbray's book "First Dorchester Families" published in 1984. I've pasted the contents of his email below:
in Calvin Mowbray's First Dorchester Families there is a page (18-20) on Dennie Choren and the history of 'Castle Haven'.... on Aug 29, 1659 100 acre tract of land called 'Castle Haven' ... i think i always thought that it went into LeCompte hands before land transactions had to be recorded by the state... but... page 19
"... dor land record 3 OLD 207 dated Sept. 21, 1663 shows that Andrew Skinner of Talbot county sold 'Castle Haven' to Thomas Martine who in turn sold it to Peter Underwood of dor co on nov 7, 1671....
"Peter Underwood sold one half of the tract to John Whitley and he, Underwood, operated a tavern on the other portion of the tract as early as 1674 (Arch of Md. vol. 2, page 434) When peter underwood died his daughters sold his part to John Harwood. Harwood also acquired the other one half of the tract from David Jenkins who had obtained it when John Whitley had died.
"John Harwood was the son of Robert Harwood and Elizabeth (Gary) Harwood, daughter of John and Judith Gary and step-daughter of Peter Sharp...
"The records show that John Harwood operated a ferry from the site across the Choptank to Cloras Point (Dor Court Record file 8499) He was also an innkeeper as shown by DLR 5 OLD 3 dated August 15, 1692
"On May 29, 1717, John Harwood leased the house and land at 'Castle Haven' to Margaret Noell, wife of James Noell, Sr. for the remainder of her natural life (DLR 7 OLD 46)
"On Sep 19, 1726 Rebecca Harwood, widow of John Harwood sold to Bazell Noell, planter, 'Castle Haven' containing acres more or less, also Underwoods Chance', 'Five Pines' and other properties.
"The above records show that 'Castle Haven' was not part of 'Saint Anthony' the tract that was patented by Anthony LeCompte as some historians have claimed.
"... The records do not indicate whether or not Dennie Choren ever lived at 'Castle Haven' but the name he gave to his tract has endured until today for the land is still known as 'Castle Haven Point' and it is located in what is still called 'Castle Haven Neck."
From Maryland's inventory of historic properties, read the architectural survey file for Castle Haven on LeCompte Bay.