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In Response To: Re:Hinard/Hisnard ()

Clemance Marie MASSE and Clemance Hisnard are two different individuals. Clemance Marie MASSE was one of the daughters of the free black, Pierre Sam. He was one of two manimatted slaves of Etienne SAM FUSILIER(the other slave that was freed was my 4th ggrandfather, Louis SAM). Etienne's widow, Magdalaine MASSE, freed both of them on July 11, 1812 according to the St. Martin Conveynance Books. You can also find this record on the Afro-louisiana genealogy database or the original acts of St. Martin Parish. Now, Etienne SAM FUSILIER fathered Pierre Esope SAM by an unknown female slave. Etienne purchased the freedom of his natural son from Auguste Soileau in 1797. This record can be found in the St. Martin Parish court records or on the Afro-louisiana genealogy database. Pierre Esope Fusilier fathered children with Clemance Hisnard, a mulatress from New Orleans. This can be found in Father Hebert Southwest Louisiana Records along with the marriages of some of the MASSE, HISNARD, AND FUSILIER's of color. This same Clemance HISNARD also had children by a free person of color, Pierre BOUTTE as well:

Euphrosine IGNAR [sic] - mulâtresse libre (Pierre BOUTTÉ & Clémence HISNARD of New Orleans) was baptized in 1790 in the Attakapas (SM Ch Baptêmes de couleur v 1 #121). She married 21 Jun 1812 Jean-Baptiste BRUNET - quarteron libre, son of unknown BRUNET and Marianne DUPLANTIS - de couleur libre (Opél Chv 1 p 293).

This same Clémence HISNARD had children for Hysoppe Jean Samuel FUSELIER - mulâtre libre, son of Etienne SEME FUSILIER, son of Gabrial FUSILIER de La Claire of France and Jeanette, a free negress of New Orleans.

thought this part would be interesting to you as well:


PAR Number 20882833
Location: St. Landry Parish, Louisiana; Year: 1828

Abstract: Pierre Esope Fusilier, a free man of color, begs the court to recognize him as the only heir of the late Magdelaine Masse, a free woman of color and the wife of the late Etienne Sem Fuselier, also a free person of color. Pierre Esope asserts that he is the natural son of the late Etienne Sem Fusilier. Pierre Fusilier claims that he was born a slave, but that Etienne and Madgelaine freed him in 1797, according to the wishes of his previous master, Auguste Soileau, and then adopted him. Both of these acts were officially recognized by the court; therefore, he is "entitled to the same rights as a child of their lawful marriage." Now, Rosalie and Jean François Masse, free people of color, have set up claim to Magdelaine Masse Fuselier's succession, "falsely alleging" to each have "a right of one third of the property real and personal of the said Magdelaine." Fusilier asks to be declared and recognized as the only heir and representative of the estate and thus exclusively entitled to all property belonging to the succession. He further prays that the defendants be inhibited from setting up further claim to the property. An inventory of Magdelaine Masse's estate reveals that she was owned ten slaves. An answer from the defendants also reveals that Pierre Esope had been estranged from his parents for a number of years, and remained so until their respective deaths, because of their disapproval of his "concubinage" with a "mulatress" by the name of Clemence Issard. The answer does not specify whether Clemence Issard was free or in bondage

This record involves a dispute that involved Pierre SAM, Pierre Esope SEME FUSILIER, Louis SAM(my ancestor) over the property of Magdalaine MASSE and her siblings,Jean Francois and Annette MASSE.
seems like they were trying to claim the property shared between Louis, Pierre, and Pierre Esope.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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