Is Charles Bernard the husband and Andrée Guyon?

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For a long time it was believed that Andrée Guyon was married to André Bernard but that theory has been debunked by genealogist Stephen White who in his Dictionnaire généalogique des familles acadiennes has Andrée Guyon married to an unknown Bernard. However, recent research seems to show that his first name was Charles and that he married Andrée Guyon in 1639 in La Rochelle (sourced) and that they had 2 children born in France (sourced) and 2 possibly born in Acadie.

Several researchers agree with this hypothesis :

*Karen Theriot Reader  Page for Andrée Guyon

*Marcel Walter Landry  Detailed explanations with images of records

*Denis Savard  Charles Bernard, l'Acadien oublié

*Fichier Origine for Guyon CHIASSON / LAVALLÉE, husband of Jeanne Bernard (daughter of Charles Bernard and Andrée Guyon)

Racines et Rameaux Français d'Acadie

The name of Andrée Guyon's husband has been changed from Unknown to Charles on his profile, and set to uncertain pending further research. His status with daughters Marie and Jeanne has also been set to uncertain.

Are there any objections to these changes, or comments?

WikiTree profile: Andrée Guyon
in Genealogy Help by Gisèle Cormier G2G6 Mach 3 (32.8k points)

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The evidence presented by these researchers is certainly tantalizing, even compelling, but as noted there is still a missing link to connect the Andrée Guyon and Charles Bernard the sailor of France with Andrée Guyon and ? Bernard of Acadia [assuming ? was ever in Acadia]. We need to make this crystal clear that it is a hypothesis, not a fact, that these two couples are the same. It also needs to be made clear that the first two supposed children, Guillaume and Dominique, are hypothetical and not proven for the Acadian couple. As it stands, the profile for Charles is entirely based on this hypothesis, but gives no hint of it until the last paragraph in the research notes, which might easily be overlooked by a casual reader.

I would suggest reorganizing the narrative somewhat, to begin with what is known about them from Acadian records, and only then to present the evidence for a possible link to a couple with similar names in France. There should be no doubt after reading the biography that these connections are not proven.

I also think citations with direct links to the records should be included, in addition to the analyses by the other researchers. That may seem redundant, but it's necessary for good genealogical reporting, and to ensure that we don't lose track of the records in the future. You never know when a site will disappear or move.

That's my two bits. Hope it helps!
by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
selected by Stephanie Ward
Thank you so much for the helpful comments, Joyce. I will make the suggested changes.
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Here's an example of an Acadian who's parents aren't proven and how it is noticed.  Could be useful for you to adapt for a spouse in same situation.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gauthier-61

(edited to add link)
by Cindy Cooper G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
Thank you Cindy!

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