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Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier

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.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1473
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier (9 Nov 1845–3 May 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1473, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .