Rosalind Goforth

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Florence Rosalind Bell-Smith (Married name: Rosalind Goforth) (6 May 1864 – 31 May 1942) was a Presbyterian missionary, and author.[1] Rosalind was born near Kensington Gardens, London, England. When she was three years old she moved with her parents to Montreal, Canada.

Her father, John Bell-Smith, was an artist, and Rosalind also intended to go into art. She graduated from the Toronto School of Art in May 1885, and began preparing to return to London that autumn in order to complete her art studies. Something that never happened.

Instead, she married Jonathan Goforth on 25 October 1887 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Canada, and together they 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.

Works authored[edit]

  • 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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