The first Bahá’í in our family was my great, great grandmother Leonora Georgiana Stirling. She was born and raised in London and went as a missionary to County Cork Ireland. From here she emigrated in 1868 to Canada and then the United States. This photograph was taken in Dublin sometime between 1850 and 1860. She did not find the Bahá’í Revelation for another approximately 40 years.
This second photo is of my Great Grandmother Stirling at about the time she found the Baha’i Revelation through a friend in Brooklyn, New York. It was 1906 and she deepened through correspondence with Isabella Brittingham. She met ‘Abdu’l-Bahá when he visited America in 1912, both in Boston and New York, in which during one visit He gave her a white rose.