Announcing the Virtual Redd Reunion
May 22, 2021.

Events in the Making

  • Keynote address by Elder Daniel L. Johnson
  • Unveiling of grave marker at pioneer cemetery for Venus 
  • A fun-filled tour of Spanish Fork historic sites 
  • Slavery and the Redd Family slide presentation by Tonya Reiter
  • Exploration of Lura Redd's Art by Karen Morgan 
  • Research Update by Emily Lauritzen and Tom Brown

Nauvoo Tithing Record for John H. Redd Household

by Tonya Reiter (see blog post with transcription at

John Hardison Redd traveled to Nauvoo in 1845 and brought with him tithing payments from members of his household. The records of their donations are found in the holdings of the Church History Library under the titles: Trustee-in-Trust Tithing and Donation Record, 1844 May-1846 January and Trustee-in-Trust Tithing Daybooks, 1842-1847. These records have been digitized, so it is possible to access them online. Two historians I work with, Dr. Paul Reeve and Amy Tanner Thiriot discovered these two slightly different versions of the Redds’ contributions and shared them with me.
The nineteenth century script is difficult to read, but the entries list the person whose tithing is being paid, what that donation consisted of, and the value. Often, in the early days of the church, outside of Church headquarters, tithing was gathered by a Church representative or missionary and brought to Nauvoo where it was paid and recorded. In this case, John H. Redd and John Holt apparently visited Nauvoo, bringing donations from their family members and neighbors, so there is a notation to record who brought the goods or money, in addition to the member who should be credited. For example the record for Ann Elizabeth Redd reads:
Received of Ann Elizabeth pr. hand of John H. Redd. Cash in Silver 2/ on tithing.  .25
So, Ann Elizabeth paid two bits or 25 cents in silver. It was delivered by the hand of John H. Redd.
There are several important and interesting things these tithing records reveal. Most importantly, the Redds paid their tithing. John H. Redd’s contribution was two guns! It also shows John H. visited Nauvoo in 1845, something unknown prior to the discovery of this record. The other striking thing about the records is that an enslaved woman, Venus, paid tithing and in silver! According to Dr. Reeve and Thiriot, there are one or two other records showing tithing donations made by enslaved persons, but this is very extraordinary. We’re not sure what this means, but it may indicate that the Redds had relationships with the enslaved members of their household that were not typical. A good example of this is that the Redds were the only slaveholders in Utah to manumit their servants prior to 1862.
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