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Birth: Apr. 11, 1843
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 1928
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Private DANIEL B. KEACH, Co. H, 86th Illinois

Daniel B. Keach was born on April 11, 1843 at Stephentown, New York in Rensselaer County, the son of Henry W. Keach and Lucy (Hall) Keach. Henry was born on __________ __, 18__ at Providence, Rhode Island, while Lucy was born on __________ __, 18__, most likely in Stephentown, New York, but possibly Massachusetts.

The Keach family moved west from New York sometime between 1857/58 and the summer of 1860. At the time of the 1850 census of Peoria County, in September of 1850, the Keach family is found in what is called Peoria Township;
1576 Keach Henry 47 M Blk Smith 700 NY
1576 Keach Lucy 41 F NY
1576 Keach Chas. H. 17 M Farmer NY
1576 Keach Francis 13 F NY
1576 Keach Rufus 12 M NY
1576 Keach Daniel 8 M NY
1576 Keach Eugene 6 M NY
1576 Keach Thomas 2 M NY

At the time of the 1860 census, the Keach family is found residing in Radnor Township in Peoria County;
169 Keach Henry 57 M farmer 6,000 1,735 RI
169 Keach Lucy 52 F NY
169 Keach Charles H. 26 M farmer MA
169 Keach Rufus 21 M farmer NY
169 Keach Daniel B. 17 M farmhand NY
169 Keach Eugene L. 14 M NY
169 Keach Thomas H. 10 M IL
169 Keach Sarah 18 F Ireland
169 Keach William E. 3 M IL
169 Bennett Charles 22 M farmhand NY

Rank PVT Company H Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence RADNOR, PEORIA CO, IL Age 19 Height 5' 8 1/2 Hair BROWN
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation DAGUERRIAN

Service Record
Joined When AUG 2, 1862 Joined Where RADNOR, IL
Joined By Whom D H MAGEE Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out MAY 22, 1865
Muster Out Where SPRINGFIELD, IL Muster Out By Whom CPT MONTGOMERY

The internet site lists Private Daniel Keach as having been held at least for some time in the infamous prison at Andersonville, Georgia. If he was there, he wasn't there very long as in May of 1865, the prisoners at Andersonville were liberated.
Sergeant Daniel C. Keach was soon on his way north and on June 24, 1865, Sergeant Daniel C. Keach was mustered out of the service at Springfield, Illinois. By the end of June Sergeant Keach was most likely back with his family in Peoria County.

Daniel was married about 1899 to Amelia H. Watt in ___________ County, __________. Amelia was born on November __, 1870 at __________, __________, the daughter of William W. Watt and Elizabeth (__________) Watt. Both William and Elizabeth are believed to have been born in Scotland.

At the time of the 1900 census, Daniel and Amelia reside at 209 Behrends in Peoria, Illinois;
Behrends Ave. 209 Keach Daniel B. Head M Apr 1843 57 New York Rhode Island Massachusetts Farmer (retired)
Behrends Ave. 209 Keach Amelia Wife F Nov 1870 29 New York Scotland Scotland

At the time of the 1910 census, Daniel and his family are found residing at what is listed as 209 Behrends Avenue in Ward 2 of the City of Peoria, Illinois;
KEACH Daniel Head M 67 M1 11 New York Rhode Island Rhode Island Farmer Retired
KEACH Amelia Wife F 39 M1 11 0 0 New York Scotland Scotland
WATT Elizabeth Mother In Law F 66 WD 2 2 Scotland Scotland Scotland

When the last 86th Illinois reunion was held in 1923, Daniel B. Keach was one of only 22 veterans of the 86th to make the reunion. His mailing address at the time was 209 Behrends Avenue in Peoria, Illinois.
Daniel B. Keach died on December 10, 1928 at Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois and his earthly remains were laid to rest in the Prospect Cemetery near Dunlap, Illinois on December 12, 1928. Amelia H. (Watt) Keach died on __________ __, 1953 at __________, __________. Her earthly remains were laid to rest in the Prospect Cemetery near Dunlap, Illinois as well.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Keach family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private Daniel B. Keach and the Keach family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any photographs of Daniel C. Keach that may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the 86th, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Henry W Keach (1803 - 1892)
  Lucy Hall Rose Keach (1808 - 1887)
  Amelia H Watt Keach (1870 - 1953)
  Wyatt Rose (1825 - 1878)**
  Charles H Keach (1833 - 1896)*
  Rufus Keach (1839 - 1868)*
  Daniel B Keach (1843 - 1928)
  Eugene L Keach (1845 - 1933)*
  Thomas H Keach (1848 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
GAR (Grand Army of the Republic)
Prospect Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: 202 south 1/2
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: Oct 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22161132
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Rest in Peace!
- Lois
 Added: Feb. 9, 2013

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