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MEMBRE, Zenobius, French missionary, born in Bapaume, France, in 1645;(1. in Texas in 1687. He was the first novice in the Recollet province of St. Anthony, and was sent as a missionary to Canada in 1675. In 1679 he accompanied La Salle on the latter's expedition to the west, remained at Fort Crevecoeur with Henry de Tonti, and aided him in securing peace between the Iroquois and Illinois. He descended the Mississippi with La Salle in 1682, returned to France the same year and wrote a history of the expedition, which was published by his cousin, Father Christian Le Clerq, in his work, "Etablissement de la foi dans la Nouvelle France" (1691). He was warden of a convent at Bapaume for a short time, and accompanied La Salle in his final expedition to the mouth of the Mississippi in 1684. He was left by La Salle in Fort St. Louis, Texas, where he and his companions were massacred. Membre was esteemed for his mildness and many virtues. His narrative was plagiarized by Hennepin in 1697, and by some authorities is said to have been written by La Salle himself.
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