Hello Patricia,My name is John Howard Fuselier.I am a direct descendent of Gabriel Fuselier de La Claire and his second marriage to Helene Soileau.
Old Gabriel did own slaves at the time he died in France.I have seen a copy of the dispersal of his estate, but I am nor sure if I could ever find it. It might be a matter of public record, however, in St Landry Parish, La, and the names might be posted.I believe it was custom for freed slaves to take the name or a modified version of their former owners name.
I don't know exactly how I can help you, but you are welcome to whatever I know.
regards, John H Fuselier Born Eunice La, 08/14/1928 of Sevan Fuselier and Adele Bourgogne GF Fabius Fuselier of Ville Platte, la,GM Marie Tate