Robert Nail

MATTHEWS, SALLIE ANN REYNOLDS (1861–1938). 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.

Thomas Lindsay Branton, Pictorial Supplement to Interwoven (Albany, Texas: John H. McGaughey's Albany News, 1953). Cattleman, October 1938.

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