Beal, Susannah Gooding

The first woman missionary sent overseas by the Ladies' Committee of the WMMS. Born in Dover, she came to London to work in domestic service and became a Sunday School teacher at the King's Cross WM chapel. Later, when she was working as a governess, her minister heard of the plan to send women missionaries overseas and encouraged her to apply. She was sent to Westminster College for six months' teacher training and in 1859 set sail for Belize in British Honduras. She began working enthusiastically in a school of 130 pupils, but within a few months succumbed to yellow fever and died on 12 July 1860.

  • P.M. Webb, Women of our Company (1958) pp. 35-42
  • A History of the Methodist Church in Great Britain, vol. 4, 'Documents and Source Material' (1988), pp.521-4