Retired from years in corporate finance and marketing, Judy Hollis is devoted to her love of genealogy and history. Judy writes about the people and places in her life and the life of her ancestors. She is finishing a book about Margaret McDowell Taylor, who came across the Oregon Trail in 1845 with her husband, James. In 1852, after James’s murder, with four children to feed, Margaret subdivided the 600 acres the couple had purchased across the river from Sacramento. She named the town Washington. Today we know it as West Sacramento.