Jeannette Molson

Independent Historian

Jeannette Molson, a third generation Californian, was born in Oakland, California.  In 1941, she moved with her parents and brother from Berkeley to Woodland, Yolo County, California where she attended a one-room school down the road from where she lived.  Jeannette attended Sacramento State University for one year and then attended Sacramento Junior College where she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in 1958.  In 1981 she started a 16 year career working for the University of California, Davis.

A cousin introduced her to family research in 1979.  This introduction led to a 30 year journey tracing her family roots.  Because of her extensive research on her family members, Jeannette is considered the “family historian.”  Her research helped her to locate living descendants of her great great grandaunt who emigrated to Liberia in 1853.  Currently, Jeannette manages her own family tree at Ancestry.com with over 3,400 entries, 4,900 historical records, numerous stories, and several photos.

Jeannette serves as Vice President, and newsletter editor, of the Yolo County Historical Society.

Alvin Aaron Coffey (1822-1902)

Image Courtsey of Jeannette L. Molson Alvin Aaron Coffey was born a slave in Mason County, Kentucky on July 14, 1822 as the property of Margaret Cooke.  His parents were Lewis (Larkin) Coffey and Nellie Cook[e].  Coffey arrived in California in 1849 at the beginning … Read MoreAlvin Aaron Coffey (1822-1902)