2021 Virtual Reunion
Friday Evening – May 21, 2021
Welcome to the Reunion
Welcome and Introduction to the Redd Virtual Family Reunion from Paul Redd.
Elder Daniel L. Johnson, Emeritus General Authority Seventy
Redemption and the Covenant Path
Our cousin, Dan Johnson will open our reunion with his thoughts on John Hardison and Elizabeth Hancock Redd’s conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their continued commitment to Gospel principles.
Blessed in House and Habitation- A Journey into the Redd Past
A new film featuring the story of John and Elizabeth Redd’s household as they grow together in faith from their home in North Carolina, to their conversion in Tennessee, and finally their gathering with the Saints in the Utah Territory.
As we prepared to talk about John Hardison Redd and his household’s history in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah Territory, we tried to look at the available sources and present as accurate a picture as possible of their lives and experiences. This video was based on this three-part timeline. We think members of the family might be interested in the sources behind the history as presented in the video. Thanks to historian Amy Tanner Thiriot for allowing us to base our timeline on the one she prepared in researching for her forthcoming book.
Lura Redd: The Woman Behind the History
Aunt Lura was known best to us as a family historian, but was equally talented as an artist. Karen shares stories of Lura Redd and some slides of her artwork.
Saturday Afternoon – May 22, 2021
Slavery and the John Hardison Redd Household
A slide presentation highlighting research on the histories of the enslaved members of the Redd family and their relationships with the family. The full history can be found in “Redd Slave Histories: Family, Race, and Sex in Pioneer Utah,” Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 85, no. 2, 2017
Unveiling of a grave monument for Venus Redd in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery and a tribute given to her by her descendants and other Redd family members.
The funds for the new monument were contributed by the Redd family.
Tom shares his expertise in using DNA in family history research and enlists our help to break through the Redd/Rudd Brick Wall and further our exploration into the origins of the Redd family in England.
For the Record: Myth or Reality
Paul Redd moderates a panel discussion about Redd family history including new discoveries, re-evaluations of the past, and talk of where to go from here. We welcome your questions and comments as we livestream this event.
The Finest Things
You’ve Seen the Video, Now Visit the Sights!
Spanish Fork Map
Spend an afternoon touring Spanish Fork. Download the map on your smartphone or tablet. To navigate, click on the address or GPS location on the numbered list on the left and you will be redirected to your map application. At each location, watch scenes filmed there by clicking on the green pin or on the numbered photographs located along the bottom of the first page.
Donations Make Reunions Possible
Although there is no required cost to participate in the reunion, we urge you to donate as this reunion is not free to put on- anything you can donate will be appreciated.