In one of the small cemeteries on Howard Street is the grave of Agnes Scott, wife of Ocracoke native, Capt. M.A. Garrish. Agnes Scott was born in Kirkwood, Georgia, and died in Galveston, Texas.
Visitors to the island occasionally ask me if this Agnes Scott is related to the Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. As it turns out, Agnes Scott of Ocracoke is a direct descendant of the college's namesake, and a number of island natives are similarly related.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter (http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm) traces the story of both Agnes Scotts. In an interesting turn of events, my granddaughter, Zoe Howard, will be attending Agnes Scott College as a freshman this fall.
Zoe, we wish you all the best in your new venture in Decatur, Georgia!