Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Agnes Scott

Yesterday I wrote about my recent visit to western North Carolina and Howard's Knob. While in the area, I also made a day trip to Decatur, Georgia. In 2014 I wrote about the connection between Ocracoke Island and Agnes Scott College in Decatur.

If you walk through the small cemeteries on Howard Street you may notice the grave of Agnes Scott (1898-1919), great granddaughter of Agnes Irvine Scott (1799-1877), for whom the college was named. Her family discovered Ocracoke in the early 20th century, and Agnes married Ocracoke native, Captain Myron A. Garrish.

My granddaughter, Zoe Howard, is presently a Junior at Agnes Scott College. She took me on a tour of the beautiful campus. When we passed a portrait of the college's namesake I knew I had to take a photo.

It is always fun to notice connections between Ocracoke Island and prominent people or places elsewhere.

Our Ocracoke Newsletter for this month is an article by Philip Howard, My Ocracoke, Living amidst 250 years of Howard family history. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082116.htm.


  1. I agree, and speaking of connections, have you ever found a link between the namesake of Fort Bragg, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg and the first Braggs of OI?

    1. I have wondered about the Bragg connection, but have not done any research. Maybe some day I will.

  2. I hope you do
    This stuff fascinates me
    My gr.gr. grandmother was Rebecca Bragg
    She most likely is kin to you also
    Thanks, you are one in a million...a blogger who never ignores their readers.

    1. I believe (but cannot prove) that Thomas Bragg (1797-1863) who is buried on Howard Street is first cousin to General Braxton Bragg (1817-1876). If you send me an email (just send it to the Village Craftsmen email address, and put "For Philip" in the subject box) I will share what I've learned.

  3. Anonymous10:02 AM

    Well I do hope your grand daughter considers gently reminding the publicity hacks at That alma mater of hers that facts are facts and proves your case that the OI connection should be revisited and recognized. She needs to serve them up some Humble pie.

  4. Anonymous10:13 AM

    Better yet, start selling faux Agnes Scott nick knacks and get the attention of some college licensing lawyers, they just send a scary letter telling you to stop such nonsense. or sell T shirts, agnes Scott's grand daughter sleeps here the tomb stone picture -- all the money raised can endow a scholarship for girls wishing to attend the school. Start a hashtag #Agnes Scott hstorical site No. 8 or any number just get in to the #library of images on the internet drum up some visitation dollars. Good luck.

  5. Anonymous1:04 PM

    It's always nice to put Howard faces to Howard names. I've seen references to Zoe here before, but I think this is the first time we readers have had occasion to virtually meet her "face to face," so to speak. If she is anything like the other Howards with whom I've had the pleasure of casually crossing paths via our many visits to Ocracoke over the years--you Philip, Amy, Lachlan--then I suggest the family tree is thriving. I wonder what members of the newest generation of Howards must think of their generations-long connection to such a unique place as Ocracoke--whether or not they grew up there or just stop by for the occasional visit or extended stay. It would seem to be a fascinating "touchstone" to have in one's personal history. Perhaps a future topic for a guest grand-blogger to address. In any case, a pleasure--as always--to keep up with life on the island. Thanks!