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 Elizabeth Jones <I>Reed</I> Napier

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Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier Famous memorial

Original Name
Napier
Birth
Madison, Morgan County, Georgia, USA
Death
3 May 1935 (aged 89)
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Burial
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID
1473 View Source

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.

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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ELIZABETH JONES REED
WIFE OF
BRIGGS H. NAPIER


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 25 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 1473
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1473/elizabeth-jones-napier: accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier (9 Nov 1845–3 May 1935), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1473, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .