Filed under: S. Carolina Families
Two hundred and fifty years have elapsed since our Jaudons, with other French and Swiss refugees landed on the coast of South Carolina. This branch of the family came from the Isle of Re, in the Bay of Biscay, just off the coast of France. Many early settlers of America left their homes because of religious and political persecutions. This is especially true in the case of the Puritans and Huguenots. The latter were not free to leave their native land but had to escape by stealth. Consequently many of them brought but few worldly goods or identifying papers with them.
FRANCIS JAUDON, born about 1590, married Marie Ray. They resided in the town of Soubise, on the Bay of Biscay. They had two children, Pierre and Daniel Jaudon.
DANIEL JAUDON and his wife had at least two children, Francois and Elie Jaudon.
ELIE JAUDON, born at Soubise or on the Isle of Re. He married Sarah Bertonneau, daughter of Jacques and Elizabeth Bertonneau, both natives of the Isle of Re. Elie and Sarah Jaudon had two children, Daniel, II, and Esther.
DANIEL JAUDON, II, born on the Isle of Re. Daniel and his mother and sister, Esther, hurriedly escaped from the Isle of Re following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. After a long and stormy voyage across the Atlantic, they landed on the wild coast of South Carolina at a place then known as French Santee, where they joined others of their faith under the religious leadership of that hardy pioneer, the Rev. Pierre Robert. About 1707, Daniel Jaudon married Elizabeth (surname unknown). They were both living as late as 1724. They had eight children, one of whom was Sarah Jaudon.
SARAH JAUDON, born at French Santee, September 24, 1719. She married Jacques (James) Robert, son of Pierre Robert, Jr., and grandson of the Rev. Pierre Robert, the first Huguenot minister in South Carolina. Jacques Robert was a brother of Elizabeth Robert who married Elie Jaudon, brother of Sarah.
The Francis Jaudon and the Bertonneau families thus merge into the Robert family.
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