Jean de Cherie, a younger son of the De Cheries, of Picardy and Normandy, Lords of Beuval, Leguidere and Villencourt, possessing neither title nor property, obtained a Safe Conduct in AD 1407, during the Hundred Years War (which was not a continuous conflict) to England. Jean, his family and his father, Thomas, settled in the village of Maidenhead, then some miles outside London, in A.D. 1420. Within two generations the name had been Anglicized to Cherry, and it is thought that all the Cherry family in England are descended from him.
Five hundred and some years later, and several thousand miles to the west, a descendant was born who would come to write under the name of this distant Ancestor. I am he.