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Introduction of Fuseliers to Louisiana

The progenitor of the Fuselier family of Louisiana is Gabriel Fuselier de la  Claire, the Commandant of the Opelousas Poste and the founder of St.  Martinville (Attakapas Poste). He was born in Lyons, France on 27 August 1722  to Pierre Fuselier de la Claire and Ludivine Chaufouraux.
   Captain Pierre Fuselier de la Claire of the Lyons Militia, a wealthy Lyons  merchant, was also a judge, director of a hospital, and sheriff. On 20 January  1723 Pierre had married Dame Ludivine Chaufouaux of St. Quentin in Picardy,  France. The eldest son inherited the family fortune, including the estate in  Vaise called ?Le Grande Claire?, which had been landscaped by the designer of  the gardens of Versailles; the second son became a Jesuit priest; the two  daughters married well; and the youngest son, Gabriel, became a soldier like  his father.
   Gabriel Fuselier de la Claire arrived in New Orleans in 1752 and was  domiciled at 1555 Dorgenois Street in the Quarter. Under the protection of the  Court of Versailles he served as Director of Commerce in Louisiana for French  merchants. On 2 March 1764 he married Jeanne the daughter of Jacques Roman and  Marie Josephe D?aigle. They had two children: Ludivine and Agricole who later  married Christine, the daughter of Jean Berard and Anne Broussard of Acadia.   In1760 Gabriel purchased land bounded by Bayou Vermilion on the west and  Bayou Teche on the east from the Attakapas Indian Chief Kinemo. When Louisiana  was transferred to Spanish rule, Gabriel was chosen Commandant or Territorial  governor of the Attakapas Poste (St. Martinville) and in 1770 he officially  took command at Poste des Opelousas where he exercised control since 1767.   In 1770 the widower Gabriel signed a marriage contract with Anne Marguerite  Harang, but the ceremony never took place. On 30 April 1771 Gabriel married  seventeen year old Helene Elizabeth Soileau, daughter of the royal storekeeper  at Natchez, Saint Noel Soileau, and Marie Josephe Richaume. The marriage  contract drawn up at the time revealed Fuselier was a wealthy man. He owned a  plantation of eighty four square arpents and twenty four slaves, augmented by  the sale of a house and an inheritance from France. Eleven children were born  of their nineteen year marriage; Helen (b. 1772 at Pointe Coupee); Gabriel (b.  1774) m. Bazile Ternant; Josephine (b. 1777) m. Henri Stagg of New York;  Etienne (b. 1779) m. Lucille Deshotel; Euphemine (b. 1780) m. Phillippe  Tibberu; Amelia m. Hillaine Grandenigo; Louis (b. 1785) m. Felicite  Jeansonne;  Honore m. Eloise Bordelon; Eugenie (b. 1787 at Kaskaskia,  Illinois) m. Francois Dubisson, and as a widow, Louis Soileau; Brigida; and  Charles (b. 1789 in Opelousas) m. Cedillas Fontenot, and as a widower Marianne  Rougeau.
   Gabriel and Agricole served in the American Revolutionary War, and under the  Leadership of Louisiana Spanish Governor Galvez, defeated the English across  the Gulf Coast. Gabriel, after a lifetime of service to his adopted country  and in the year of his youngest son?s birth died on 12 October 1789 in  Bordeaux, France while on a return visit. Helene died in Opelousas in 1816.
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