A few days ago someone on one board, maybe Rootsweb, was inquiring about Roy McGinty in Chambers County.I just found my write up about Bryson Academy, a one teacher school begun in the 1890's. Parents built the school and furniture, and also paid tuition.Frank McGinty suggested the name because of Presidential candidate, William Jennings Bryan and Thomas E. Watson. The school was first located on the Houston Ferry Oakbowery Road on a lot donated by J.S. Chambers. It was later located near Hopewell Methodist Church, and finally in Berlin.All three places were on the same county road.Many Bryson Academy graduates went on to college. My father and several of his siblings attended Bryson. The teacher told my grandfather that if my uncle learned anything beyond the algebra and Latin that he knew, he must go on to college.
Three brothers who attended this school were Roy, Rupert, and Roland McGinty.Roy was twice elected to the Georgia Legislature, and later served as mayor of Calhoun, GA and on the GA Board of Education.During World War II, he served on the National War Labor Board and as publisher and editor of Calhoun Newspapers.Rupert was Vice Director of the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, and was a professor of horticulture at Clemson University.Roland was employed by the Atlanta Constitution.
Somewhere Miss Tinnie McGinty taught my father, but it must have been after 1917 when the family moved to Glass.Earl McGinty supplied much of the genealogy of my family.I believe he lived in Utah at that time.He was related to the Chambers family.