Rosalind Goforth

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Rosalind Goforth (6 May 1864 – 31 May 1942) was a Presbyterian missionary, and author.[1]

Born Florence Rosalind Bell-Smith near Kensington Gardens, London, England, she moved at three with her parents to Montreal, Canada.

Her father, John Bell-Smith, was an artist, and she also intended to go into art. She graduated from the Toronto School of Art in May 1885, and she began preparing to return to London that autumn with the intention of completing her art studies.

Instead, however, she married Jonathan Goforth on 25 October 1887 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Canada, and they both served God in Manchuria and China.

They had eleven children, five of which died as babies or very young children. Rosalind died in Toronto, Canada, and is buried alongside her husband at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.


  • How I Know God Answers Prayer (1921)
  • Chinese Diamonds for the King of Kings
  • Goforth of China (1937)
  • Climbing: Memoirs of a Missionary's Wife (1940)


  1. ^ Dagg, Anne Innis (2001). The Feminine Gaze: A Canadian Compendium of Non-Fiction Women Authors and Their Books, 1836-1945. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 112–113. ISBN 9780889208452.

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