DALMAS, ANTOINE, Jesuit priest, missionary; b. 4 Aug. 1636 at Tours, France; assassinated 4 May 1693 at Fort Sainte-Anne (Albany), Hudson Bay.
Antoine Dalmas entered the Society of Jesus in Paris on 8 Oct. 1652, and studied at La Flèche, Bourges, and Paris. After taking his vows as a spiritual coadjutor on 2 Feb. 1670, he set out for Canada, where for nine years he carried on his ministry among the French at Laprairie, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Sillery, and Quebec. During the ten years following this period he was employed at the Tadoussac mission, except for one year (1683) when he taught the lower grades at the Collège at Quebec. Finally, in 1693, he started out for Hudson Bay, where he joined Father Antoine Silvy*. There he was struck down with an axe by a Frenchman, who had just confessed another murder to him.
ACSM, MS 378, copy of a letter from Reverend Father Claude Dablon to the provincial of France on the subject of the murder. JR (Thwaites), LVIII, 295. Rochemonteix, Les Jésuites et la Nouvelle-France au XVIIe siècle, III, 274. See also HBRS, XXI (Rich), 303.