Wesley Chapel is currently one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, but it actually got it’s start in the 1840s. The pioneer families Boyette, Gillette, Godwin, and Kersey received land grants in the area in the 1840s. Before it was named Wesley Chapel, the town went by the names Godwin and Double Branch. It also had the nickname Gatorville. I read that living in Wesley Chapel in the late 1800-early 1900s was like living in the Wild West.