Though several coats of arms are claimed, none have been proven.Pierre Fuselier de la Claire was a wealthy goldware merchant (marchand d'orures).He may have been ennobled by virtue of the system of echevinage (public service), but no coat of arms has been found.He and three other aldermen served as treasurers for a period of two years for the Maison Generale de Lyon (hospital), which required an enormous amount of money.He was a member of the "patrician bourgeoisie" of Lyon.
He served as a captain of the militia, but there is no proof at all that he or his famly manufactured arms for the King. The meaning of the name "Fuselier" is sometimes claimed to come from the word "fusil" (musket), but an alternative word is "fusel" (spindle) meaning a spindle used for spinning.Lyon was famous as a region of silk weavers.Ultimately we just don't know.
The following are the coats of arms I have researched for the departements (districts) of France.You can go to www.jesuiscultive.com for a departement map, to map the geographical locations of these coats of arms.None are found for Lyon:
Picardie departement - Fuzelier d'Auvez - gold with three rifles. Bretagne department - Fuseliers de la Bretonniere - three heads (only) of cattle in silver. Loiret departement- Fuzelier (City of Orleans) - three flowers, three chausse-traps. Centre department - (Indre-et-Loire), Tours, Le Fuzilier (Perrine or Pierre) family from Blesois, Tours in the Loire et Cher department (also called Nouan-Le-Fuzelier) - three gold bird heads on cross strips of blu on red and white background. Lorraine - three gold cups, Meuse, Bar-le-Duc, Claude (yes, that's how its spelled) Fuselier, wife of Claude Le Grand. Sources:Google Books France:Recueil d'armoiries des maisons nobles, par Henri de Genouillac; Reistap Armorial; Histoire Chronologique de l'hopital general et grand hotel-Dieu de Lyon par M. Et. Dagier; Etudes sur les anciennes juridictions Lyonnaise, par E.D.N. Fayard; Jacobinism and the Revolt of Lyon 1789-1793, by W.D. Edmonds(English); Histoire de la ville de Lyon; Congres archealogique de France; Revue du Lyonnais 1867.
If anyone has any documented information from France that contradicts this, I would love to hear from you.Thanks.