Monica MacKeachan

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Early 2015 I lost my internet provider. It has taken me until January 2016 to attend to changing my e-mail address here at findagrave. I am sorry for any frustration I may have caused for people wanting my attention (including those who saw me as someone who volunteers to take photographs of gravestones.)

Family is very important to me. Many factors came together which propelled me into the world of genealogy, of which gravestones are a substantial part. One major factor was the house fire that claimed the lives of my 42 year old mom, Marcia Anne Keach and my 9 year old 1/2 sister, Michelle Abigail Archambeau. After this tragedy I became an Art major. During a photography class at Rivier College I learned that cemeteries are peaceful places to spend an afternoon.

Another woman in my Keach family I have particular interest in is Alice Elizabeth Keach Slater. I feel it was tragic that she spent over 20 years in a mental hospital and many of her own family spoke in whispers about her and would not visit her. This would not have been my maternal grandfather, Rev. Stanley Jordan Keach, who officiated at his aunt's funeral.

My KEACH line has lived in the New England area since the early 1800's and possibly before then. (There is a George Keetch who is listed in the 1790 Mohawk Valley, New York Census.) It is my quest to find out if the Keach progenitor came from Scotland or England and whether or not the name, "Keach" was shortened from a spelling varient of the Scottish surname, "MacKeachan".


I am the Administrator of the original Keach Family DNA Project at Family Tree DNA. The above link is where you can find more information.

In 2015 I had my own mtDNA tested and discovered my haplogroup to be K1b2a1a1; following my maternal direct line backwards from my mother, Marcia Anne Keach to her mother, Lola B. Rawson, to her mother, Grace Vivian Chase, to her mother, Ida Jeannie Burton through an unknown woman I suspect was Phebe Larkin and still further back in time to a time and place where naming people was much different from the way it is now.

K mtDNA Haplogroup Project has over 3,000 members, including me. Here is where you can find background information:

Whether or not Keach is Scottish or English, Rawson is undoubtedly English. Having my mtDNA tested is intending to further my desire to "return home." [My mother theorized that by the 3rd Generation one wants to go back to where the first Generation came from. My biological father's mother and father came from Italy (Calabria), however, since my father had not been an active part of my youth my genes pulled me in the direction where I was shown the most support.]

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