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Elizabeth Reed
Original name: Elizabeth Napier
Birth: Nov. 9, 1845
Madison County
Georgia, USA
Death: May 3, 1935
Macon
Bibb County
Georgia, USA

Folk Figure. She is distinguished as being the inspiration for the Allman Brothers Band song, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed". In the early days of the Allman Brothers Band, the members would frequent Rose Hill Cemetery to relax and write songs. In 1970, guitarist Dickie Betts composed "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" which was the first instrumental for the group. The original studio version appeared on the band's album, "Idelwild South" (1970) and on the live album, "At Fillmore East" (1971). In 2007, Rolling Stone Magazine named "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" one of its Fifty Best Songs Over Seven Minutes Long. Born Elizabeth Jones Reed, she was a young Southern belle when she came to Macon, Georgia to attend Wesleyan College. She was married to Confederate Army Captain Briggs Hopson Napier on April 26, 1865 and they had 12 children of which 3 died before reaching adulthood. It was known the couple were farmers, Briggs Napier served for a period as the Editor for the Monroe County Newspaper, plus together they ran and operated a local pub in Macon, in the early 1900s. Also of note, Reed's grave in Rose Hill Cemetery is located not far from the graves of Allman Brothers Band members Berry Oakley and Duane Allman. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Briggs Hopson Napier (1838 - 1895)
 
 Children:
  Maud Napier Brown (1868 - 1892)*
  Edward Dankey Napier (1871 - 1910)*
  Bessie Napier Bonner (1877 - 1955)*
  Louise Margaret Napier Bowen (1881 - 1925)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Macon
Bibb County
Georgia, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Listening to your song now. Rest in peace, Elizabeth Reed.
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