Today a key piece of information about my 4th great grandmother Sarah Osment Smyth came to my attention when @ValerieFennell wrote:
I have Sarah Osment Smyth as witness at the marriage of James Smith, Felter and Hatter of Tooley Street Bermondsey to Sarah Jones on the 30th January 1787. Sarah's brother Nathaniel also a Felter & Hatter was the other witness.I would be grateful if anyone could shine a light on this, I can't find the parents of James.
It reminded me that people often say "don't forget to check the witnesses", and I usually try to figure out the relationship of the witnesses to a marriage that involves the people I am interested in.
In this case it is a marriage I might never have been interested in except for now learning that Sarah Osment Smyth witnessed it.
I would now like to try and find out what other marriages Sarah and her future husband John Stacy, who was also from Bermondsey may have witnessed.
I am aware of a former Q&A, Status of Ted Wildy's UK Marriage Witness Index?, which discusses searching marriage indexes using witnesses but Sarah and John are not from Cornwall, and no marriages that Sarah witnessed show up in FREEREG.
Is there any index of London marriages that includes Bermondsey which can be searched using witnesses?