Durham served in the War of 1812, in a militia detachment under command of Lieutenant John Griffis. He was stationed at Fort Chancy on the frontier of Tattnall County from January 12, 1814 until March 13, 1814. Durham and his brother, William M. Hancock, were identified as "spies" on the muster Roll of the militia.
In the 1880 census Cader (who is listed as Cato) lists his father ( Durham) and mother's (Mary Polly Hall)birthplase as Gerogia.
John Hardison Redd, North Carolina born, moved his family to Tennessee and settled. Missionaries of the Church found him there and baptized him and his family in 1843. In 1844 he journeyed to Nauvoo, met the Prophet Joseph Smith, and was given a blessing by Hyrum Smith two months before the martyrdom.
Moving west with the Saints, John Hardison Redd settled in Spanish Fork. His son Lemuel Hardison Redd was four years of age when they crossed the plains. After the death of his father, Lemuel and his family settled in New Harmony, between Cedar City and St. George, Utah. There he was called to pull up his roots and settle in the San Juan country, and so in the spring of 1869 he and his family journeyed with a number of other families in the venture.
With him was his teenaged son, James Monroe Redd, who had the job of keeper of the horses. Falsely advised that they could save time if they crossed the Colorado River by way of the Escalante Plateau, they started out only to discover that the direction they were going was more likely to lead to disaster. It looked impossible to cross the deep canyon of the Colorado but still they persisted. They finally found a cleft in the cliff, not quite wide enough for a wagon to enter, but which led not quite perpendicularly down the cliff to the Colorado River. Somehow they widened the cleft until they could squeeze the wagons through, then constructed a road down the cliff at an angle, using wooden pegs driven in holes in the sandstone cliff to support one side of a riprap of poles until miraculously every wagon was brought down to the floor of the canyon. One looks at that “Hole in the Rock” today and says they could not possibly [text missing] wagons and their teams at one time and with that ferried the wagons across the river to the east side. People had said they could not do it. Climbing out of the canyon on the east side, crossing the sandstone ledges, cliffs, drop-offs, washes, and sand to the San Juan River was equally impossible. The wagon train went through. Should they turn back when they first discovered the difficulty of the land? The answer was, “No!” And so after many weeks—nay, six months (October 1879 to April 1880) they did what lesser men said they could not do. They were proving their preexistent heritage—they were good roots.
Bluff and Blanding, two towns, were established by these determined and intrepid men and women. The establishment of settlements did not end their difficulties. Crisis after crisis was met—Indians, floods, sand, storm, sickness, death—with a firm faith that the Lord had sent them there by the mouth of his prophet and would preserve them through their afflictions by their righteousness.
James Monroe Redd matured rapidly during this experience. Among his children was a daughter, Margaret Vivian Redd. Born in Bluff on October 13, 1889, she grew up a real pioneer child. She learned the pioneer trades of carding, spinning, weaving wool, cooking with the handicaps of small stoves and wood fires. She learned the ways of the camps as well as of the home. She was resourceful.