Wife of Capt. M. A. Garrish
Born May 8, 1898
At Kirkwood, Ga.
Died Aug. 30, 1919
At Galveston, Tex.
Closed are thy sweet eyes
from this world of pain.
But we trust in God
To meet thee again.
The visitor almost always wants to know if this Agnes Scott has any connection with the eponymous Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
I had always heard that Ocracoke's Agnes Scott was the daughter or granddaughter of the college's namesake. Seeking more information, I wrote to the college. Their public relations office replied promptly, writing that "unfortunately your Agnes Scott may not be related to our college's namesake. It seems there are hundreds of Agnes Scott's throughout the country."
With the help of islanders (quite a few native Ocracokers are descendants of Agnes Scott & Capt. Myron A. Garrish) and the Internet I finally discovered the full story.
Col. George Washington Scott (1829-1903), Florida & Georgia businessman and son of Agnes Irvine Scott (b. 1799 in Ireland, d. 1877 in the US), founded the college which he named after his mother. His brother, Alfred M. Scott, confederate soldier, was the father of Ralph Booker Scott who was the father of Agnes Scott (great-granddaughter of Agnes Irvine Scott &wife of Capt. Myron A. Garrish of Ocracoke).
Agnes and her sister Allie ("Teeny") somehow found their way to Ocracoke in the early decades of the 20th century, and Agnes married Capt. Myron A. Garrish. Agnes and Capt. Garrish had two children, Irvine Scott Garrish, and Myron A.Garrish, Jr.
Irvine (often spelled Irvin) Garrish was Ocracoke's first County Commissioner. NC Highway 12 (Irvin Garrish Highway) is named for him. Other branches of the family (descendants of Teeny and another sister, Clare) also live on the island, including the owners of the Pony Island Motel, or visit here regularly.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to a wonderful man who did much for Ocracoke Island, Marvin Wyche Howard (1897-1969). You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052113.htm.