John Cushier (Cushier-3) was born about 1768. At the age of 8, he was taken to sea by his uncle, the commander of a French war vessel. In those days, it was customary for the first son to enter the army and the second son, the navy. The English captured the vessel and John's uncle died before reaching England. One can surmise that given the circumstances, it was during a naval battle, In any case, John was found off the coast of England in an open boat with a servant in livery, presumably attempting to escape the crossfire.
Fortunately, John survived and was adopted by some kind people of refinement in Woolwich, who brought him up and apprenticed him to learn the shipbuilding business in the Woolwhich Dockyard. His foster mother noticed, when he came to her family, that his clothing was of expensive quality, denoting that he belonged to a family of wealth and distinction, presumably a member of the French aristocracy. While in France, the young John enjoyed pony rides, also accompanied by a servant in livery.
John was described as an intelligent boy, reserved and industrious, with a keen sense of humor. As a young man, he was thrifty and saved money, which he earned through promotions in his position in H. M. Dockyard, Woolwich. When he completed his apprenticeship, he intended to return to France to find his parents, brother, and former home. He advertised several times but after having received no news of his birth family, he concluded that they either had died or refused to acknowledge the relationship. That not withstanding, he intended to proceed to France anyway to carry out the search in person, but again, he was taken captive, this time by the charms of an exceptional English lady named "Miss Jane Smith." This being the case, he decided to remain in England, and canceled his plan to return to France. The young couple was married after a while and spent the rest of their lives in Woolwich, England, where they were reported to have enjoyed the respect of all who knew them.
Regarding John's attempts to contact his birth family, by the time he had finished his apprenticeship, perhaps sometime after age 21, the French Revolution had started. He would have been 25 or 26 years old during the Reign of Terror, in which many French aristocrats lost their lives. John astutely assumed that his family had died, fled persecution, or simply went into hiding, in keeping with his describe character and superior intellect. The danger alone would have been enough to deter any return to France at that time. In any case, it was better for John to have lost his heart to an English beauty, than to have lost his head to a French blade.