In 1687 Jacques de Bourdeux, a Huguenot refugee from France, settled in Charleston with his family. In 1770 his grandson, Daniel Bourdeaux, married Martha "Patti" Smith, great-granddaughter of Thomas Smith, the colonial governor of the Carolinas in 1694. She was also the daughter of Reverend Josiah Smith, an outspoken critic of the Church of England in pre Revolutionary Charleston. In 1792 Daniel and Martha's daughter, Elizabeth Martha Bourdeaux, married Stephen Alexander Juhan, a composer and musician who was also the son of a Huguenot refugee. Before 1830, three of their sons married three daughters of planter William Johnson III of Barnwell district. By 1830 the three families had moved to Jones County, Georgia. Charleston in My Blood tells, through documents and stories found in books, magazines, newspapers and on the internet, the story from Huguenot suffering in France to the beginnings of Charleston settlement by English settlers from Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados and France to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It tells the story of the Bourdeaux, Smith, Juhan and Johnson families in Charleston and Barnwell South Carolina. It continues with Juhan descendants in Georgia, Texas and Florida.
Sandra "Sandy" Oliver Becker lives in Orlando, Florida and has been researching her family history for decades. She enjoys visiting Charleston and walking the cobbled streets her ancestors walked on centuries before, sitting in the pews of the churches where they worshiped and eating the foods they would have enjoyed. She believes that her love of all things Charleston is genetic and runs through her blood.