Matthews, Sallie Ann Reynolds (1861–1938)

By: Robert Nail

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: April 1, 1995

Sallie Ann Reynolds Matthews, writer, was born at the Cantrell Ranch in Buchanan County (now Stephens County), Texas, on May 23, 1861, the daughter of Barber Watkins and Anne Marie (Campbell) Reynolds. She married John Alexander Matthews on December 25, 1876; they had nine children. She wrote an autobiographical account of life on the Texas frontier entitled Interwoven: A Pioneer Chronicle, which was published in 1936. The book served as a reference on the life and customs of the pioneer period of West Texas, and it was used as the basis of the original script for the Fort Griffin Fandangle. A part of the memoir was reprinted in 1961, on the 100th anniversary of Mrs. Matthews's birth, as True Tales of the Frontier. Sallie Matthews died on September 14, 1938, in Albany, Texas, and was buried there.

Visit the Texas Women Project's standalone website

The Handbook of Texas Women project has its own dedicated website and resources.

Visit Website
Thomas Lindsay Branton, Pictorial Supplement to Interwoven (Albany, Texas: John H. McGaughey's Albany News, 1953). Cattleman, October 1938.
  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Literature
  • Memoirs, Diaries, Letters, and Travel
  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Women
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Nail, “Matthews, Sallie Ann Reynolds,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 30, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995

This entry belongs to the following Handbook Special Projects: