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|1870. 14 Jan
||Birth of May (or Mary) Ellis Bolles, prominent American Bahá'í teacher, in Englewood, New Jersey. [BFA1p141]
At the age of 11 she had a dream in which she experienced a flash of light so bright that blinded her for a day.[BFA1p141]
In 1896 she dreamed she saw the earth from space. One word was written on the surface and the only letters she could read were "B" and "H". [BFA1p141]
In another dream she saw a vision of a man clothed in Eastern garb who beckoned her from across the Mediterranean. [BFA1p141]
||Englewood; New Jersey; United States
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Births and deaths; Dreams and visions
|1871. 1 Nov
||Birth of `Lua' Getsinger (Lucinda Louisa Aurora Moore), Banner of the Cause (Líva), Disciple of `Abdu'l-Bahá, Herald of the Covenant and Mother Teacher of the West near Hume, New York. [AB67]
Lua is accredited with bringing such notables as May Ellis Bolles and Mrs Phoebe Hearst into the Faith. [AB67]
||Hume NY; United States
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Phoebe Hearst; Lua Getsinger; Disciples of Abdul-Baha; Births and deaths
|1899 16 Feb
||The third group of Western pilgrims arrived in the Holy Land after completing their six-week cruise on the Nile.
The group consisted of Anne Apperson, Julia Pearson and Robert Turner.
As the pilgrims prepared to depart May Bolles and Maryam Thornburgh-Cropper, Mrs Thornburgh's daughter, arrived in Port Said from Marseilles. The two women proceeded directly to Haifa. [BFA1:145]
See EP12-13 for May Maxwell's reaction to meeting 'Abdu'l-Bahá for the first time.
||Pilgrimage; Pilgrims; First pilgrims; Anne Apperson; Julia Pearson; Robert Turner; May Maxwell (Bolles); Maryam Thornburgh-Cropper
||On her return from pilgrimage, May Bolles established the first Bahá'í group on the European continent in Paris. [AB159; BBRSM106; BFA2:151; GPB259; SBBH1:93]
For information on those who became Bahá'ís in Paris, including Thomas Breakwell, the "first English believer"and Hippolyte Dreyfus, the "first Frenchman to embrace the Faith", and Laura Barney see BFA2:151–2, 154–5; and GBP259-260.
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Thomas Breakwell; Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney; Laura Clifford Barney
|1899. 3 Dec
||Charles Mason Remey became a Bahá'í in Paris through May Bolles. [BFA2:151–2]
||Charles Mason Remey; May Maxwell (Bolles)
|1900 26 Nov
||Agnes Baldwin Alexander wrote to `Abdu'l-Bahá declaring her belief in Bahá'u'lláh. [BFA2:159; SBR176]
She had heard of the Bahá'í Faith from Charlotte Dixon while staying in a pension in Rome. She stayed in Rome for three months studying prophecies then travelled to Paris for further study with May Bolles for another three and one half months. [BFA2:159; SBR176]
She left Paris in the Spring of 1901 for London, New England, Oakland, Ca and finally Honolulu. On returning to Hawaii in December 1901 she became the first Bahá'í to set foot in Hawaii. [BFA2:159–60; SBR177]
||Rome; Italy; Paris; France; Oakland; California; London; United Kingdom; Honolulu; Hawaii
||Agnes Alexander; May Maxwell (Bolles); Charlotte Dixon
||Thomas Breakwell, an Englishman living in the United States, learned of the Bahá'í Faith in Paris from May Bolles. Within three days he became a believer and immediately wrote to `Abdu'l-Bahá. [AB74–5; BW7:707]
For May Bolles' own account see SW7:707–11.
He is the first male British Bahá'í. [BFA2:154]
He is designated by Shoghi Effendi the `first English believer'. [GPB259]
He is the first Western Bahá'í to pay Huqúqu'lláh. [BW7:70]
See also AB74–80; BFA2:154; SEBW6572.
||Thomas Breakwell; May Maxwell (Bolles); Huququllah; First Bahais by country or area; Firsts, Other
|1901 (In the year)
||Hippolyte Dreyfus heard of the Bahá'í Faith from May Bolles in Paris and soon after accepted it. [AB81–2]
He was designated by Shoghi Effendi the `first Frenchman to embrace the Faith'. [GPB259]
He was the first European Bahá'í to visit Iran. [AB81]
After his marriage to Laura Clifford Barney they adopted the surname Dreyfus-Barney. [AB81]
||Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney; May Maxwell (Bolles); Laura Clifford Barney
|1902 8 May
||May Bolles married Sutherland Maxwell in London and moved to Montreal later in the year. [BW8:635; GPB260, BFA2:156 ]
||London; United Kingdom; Montreal; Canada
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Sutherland Maxwell
|1912 1 Sep
||'Abdu'l-Bahá gave a talk at the Church of the Messiah, corner of Simpson and Sherbrooke Sts in Montreal. (Architects: The Maxwell Bros. Built 1907, destroyed by fire 1937) [PUP297]
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutherland Maxwell,
716 Pine Avenue West, (now 1548 avenue des Pins, ouest) Montreal, Canada. [PUP302]
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutherland Maxwell,
716 Pine Avenue West, (now 1548 avenue des Pins, ouest) Montreal, Canada. [PUP306]
||Montreal; Quebec; Canada
||Abdul-Baha, Travels of; Abdul-Baha, Second Western tour; Abdul-Baha, Talks at churches; Abdul-Baha, Talks at homes; May Maxwell (Bolles); Sutherland Maxwell; Abdul-Baha in Montreal
|1912 2 Sep
||Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutherland Maxwell,
716 Pine Avenue West, (now 1548 avenue des Pins, ouest) Montreal, Canada. [PUP308]
||Abdul-Baha, Travels of; Abdul-Baha, Second Western tour; Abdul-Baha, Talks at homes; May Maxwell (Bolles); Sutherland Maxwell; Abdul-Baha in Montreal
|1928 26–30 Apr
||The National Convention of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada was held in the Foundation Hall of the House of Worship for the first time. [BW2:180; CT167]
Elected were Allen Mc Daniel (chair), Alfred Lunt (vise chair), Horace Holley (secretary), Carl Scheffler (treasurer), Roy Wilhelm, May Maxwell, Louis Gregory, Amelia Collins, and Nellie French. [USBN No 26 September, 1928]
See BW2:180 for a picture.
||Wilmette; Chicago; United States
||Conventions, National; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Wilmette; Firsts, Other; Allen McDaniel; Alfred Lunt; Horace Holley; Carl Scheffler; Roy Wilhelm; May Maxwell; Louis Gregory; Amelia Collins; Nellie French
|1940 1 Mar
||May Bolles Maxwell passed away in Buenos Aires. [BBD153; BW8:631 TG49]
Shoghi Effendi awarded her the honour of a ‘martyr’s death’ and designated her as a Disciple of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. [BW8:631; MA38]
She was the first Bahá'í on European soil and the "mother" of both the French and the Canadian Bahá'í communities. [PP149]
For the story of her life see BW17:437–8.
Shoghi Effendi asked her husband, Sutherland Maxwell, to design her tomb, which was to be a ‘historic centre’ for ‘pioneer Bahá’í activity’. [BW8:642]
For an account of the erection of the monument to her see PSBW83–6.
||Buenos Aires; Argentina
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Births and deaths; Names and titles; Sutherland Maxwell; Architecture; Disciples of Abdul-Baha; First Bahais by country or area
|1943 30 May
||The dedication of the Memorial to May Ellis Maxwell, Quilmes Cemetery, Buenos Aires,
Argentina. [Bahá'í News July 1943 No 169 page 3, 564/1186]
||Buenos Aires; Argentina
||May Maxwell (Bolles); Cemeteries and graves
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- Conversations with Shoghi Effendi, by May Maxwell (1924). A set of informal notes taken by Maxwell at Haifa in 1924, and "reproduced for the information of the Baha'i friends with the permission of the National Spiritual Assembly." [about]
- Early Pilgrimage, An, by May Maxwell (1917). Notes from an 1898 pilgrimage by the mother of Ruhiyyih Khanum, published in 1917 and reprinted in 1953. [about]
- Haifa Notes of Shoghi Effendi's Word: Volumes 1 and 2, by May Maxwell and Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1937). Transcriptions of talks given by Shoghi Effendi by May Maxwell and Ruhiyyih Khanum, taken during their pilgrimage in 1937. [about]
- Lighting the Western Sky: The Hearst Pilgrimage and the Establishment of the Bahá'í Faith in the West by Kathryn Jewett Hogenson: Review, by Janet Ruhe-Schoen, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 24:1-4 (2012). [about]
- May Ellis Maxwell, in Bahá'í World, I-XII (1925). Detailed biography, published in A Compendium of Volumes of the Baha'i World I-XII, 1925-1954; includes photo. [about]
- May Maxwell and the Maxwells of Montreal, by Jack McLean (2019). Presentation of Violette Nakhjavani's book The Maxwells of Montreal. [about]
- Searching for May Maxwell: Bahá'í Millennial Feminism, Transformative Identity and Globalism in the New World Order, by Selena M. Crosson (2013). On forces influencing and shaping womens' roles in early Bahá’i culture, 1898-1940. A group of Western women, associated with Maxwell through ties of faith and friendship, was one of the first to establish a transnational feminist reform network. [about]