Board of Trustees

  • President Tom Meshek, Southwest bio [hide bio]

    William Thomas (Tom) Meshek was born July 8, 1953 in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He is the son of William (Bill) Edward Meshek and Joyce Madalyn Endicott. Tom is a twelfth generation American and descendant of Gov. John Endicott. He is the grandson of William Nelson Endicott and the great grandson on George Washington Endicott.

    Both the Endicott and the Meshek families had a long history of being farmers. Bill and Joyce both graduated from high school in Pawnee. Bill purchased a farm fifteen miles east of Pawnee and worked the land there and on other leased property from 1947 until his death in May of 2005. Bill and Joyce were married in Pawnee on October of 1950. Joyce had a long career as a secretary and later an office manager for a group of doctors in Cleveland, OK for many years. Joyce died in December of 2010.

    The farm life was to keep Tom and his younger brother Mark busy for the years before graduation from Cleveland high school. After high school Tom attended Northern Oklahoma College and Oklahoma State University for two years. After that short stent in the academic world, Tom took a job on a pipeline survey crew and took a step toward what would become a career. He returned to Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Technology in 1981. While at OSU, Tom married Janet Kohnke, a civil engineering student in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    After working in the construction, engineering and surveying fields for several years Tom became a Registered Land Surveyor and a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. In 1995 Tom joined Janet in the firm of Meshek & Associates, PLC, an engineering firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their firm has 34 employees and celebrated 25 years in operation in May of 2013.

    The Mesheks raised two daughters, Audrey Meshek of Tulsa and Maggie Penny of Lawton, OK. . Maggie is married to Capt. Raymond E. Penny USMC. Tom and Janet have three grandchildren, Regina, Julian and Henry.

    As a life-long member of the United Methodist church, Tom is active in the leadership of the Green Country Walk to Emmaus and a member of several professional societies in the engineering and surveying professions. He has served as the Chair of the Sand Springs Development Authority in the city of his residence, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, for the past for eleven years. He is also serves on the board of the Sand Springs Education Foundation.

  • Vice President Greg Endecott, Midwest bio [hide bio]

    Gregory D. Endecott was born April, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri. Presently, he resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri with his wife Jesseka Endecott (Myhre). Together they are raising three children, Elizabeth “Ashley”, Bryce Gregory and Gage Dean Endecott. He is the son of Gary and Darlene Endecott (Banks).

    Greg was raised in Grandview, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb, and graduated from Grandview Sr. High School in 1990. He continued his education at Southwest Missouri State University (presently, Missouri State) in Springfield, Missouri, earning a B.S. in Finance and minoring in Accounting.

    Greg began working as an investment accountant for Business Men’s Assurance (BMA) in Kansas City, MO. While employed at BMA, he furthered his education, earning a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. During this time he also became a Certified Public Accountant.

    After leaving BMA, he went into public accounting for four years with BKD, LLP from which he was recruited to AMC Theatres. During his seven-year tenure in AMC’s headquarters his duties included internal and SEC reporting, as well as corporate budgeting and modeling. Presently, he is the Director of Finance at Jack Cooper Transport, where his primary duties are corporate modeling, forecasting and budget planning.

    Greg is an Eagle Scout and currently volunteers time as a Den Leader for his son’s Cub Scout Pack. His "free-time" is mostly spent trying to keep up with the kids, and fitting in some hunting and fishing as time permits.

    His Endecott lineage is as follows: Gov. John Endecott, Zerubbabel, Joseph, Joseph, Thomas, Joseph, Clayton, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, Gary, and Greg.

  • Recording Secretary Carole Endicott Keins, Northeast bio [hide bio]

    Carole Endicott Keins writes: I was born in Tampa, Florida to Lt. Everett (Jigger) and Betty Endicott. My father was in the Army Air Corp and stationed in St. Petersburg. After the war, we moved back to Redmond, Oregon, home town of my father. My grandfather and his brother had migrated to central Oregon in the early 1900 and helped settle some of that area. I grew up there until I was 8. At that time, my father was recalled during the Korean War. He remained active in the Air Force until his retirement in 1968.

    I met and married my husband, Ed Keins, in 1964 while both my father and husband were stationed at Westover AFB in Massachusetts. Our family has moved several times during our marriage and finally ended up back in Massachusetts in 1979 and have lived in the same house since then. We are the proud parents of 5 children (2 of them being twins) and have 13 grandchildren. I was a stay at home mom until 1983, when our oldest started college. At that time, I went to work as a secretary at San-Vel Concrete Company and worked my way up to Executive Assistant by the time I retired from Aetna Insurance Company in 2010.

    In 2007, my husband and I invested in a summer cottage on a lake, and have spent the last 6 summers there, enjoying new friends and learning new skills, such as canoeing and kayaking and having a great time. I have also been able to spend more time with my family, since retirement, and the cottage has been an excellent place for our grandkids to come and swim and take advantage of all of the other activities offered.

    I haven’t done much in the genealogy department and have just gotten interested since my father was interviewed by Bill Endicott in reference to his military background. I am really looking forward to finding out more about the Endicott family and meeting new relatives. Joining the Endecott-Endicott Family Association, Inc. is definitely a step in the right direction. I have a lot to learn.

  • Treasurer Cindy Endicott Levingston, Great Lakes bio [hide bio]

    Cindy Endicott Levingston writes: I was born in Evansville, IN, the daughter of “Jr” and Mary Endicott. I grew up in Crossville, IL, which is about 15 miles from Posey County (Poseyville and Cynthiana), IN. The street I lived on was a real family affair. My Granddad and Grandma Endicott lived on the corner, our house was in the middle of the block and living in the house at the other end of the block was Granddad’s sister and her family, Sam and Rebecca Grace Endicott Higginson. Cousin Rebecca Given Wilson was raised across the street!!! Many of my Granddad’s siblings and their offspring lived in and around town. So to a young child, it seemed the world was full of Endicotts.

    I am an 11th generation granddaughter of Governor John Endecott and am a member of the DAR through Moses Endicott (GGGG Granddad). One of the fondest memories I have is when my Granddad received his “Updated” “Some Descendants of John Endecott, Governor of the Mass Bay Colony” and my name was in it! It was extremely important to him that his entire family be included in the updated release. I think it was his Endicott pride that was the spark of my interest in genealogy.

    I married Alan Levingston 42 years ago and we have one son, Jody. Alan’s work took us all over the Midwest, and after being transferred over 13 times, we have been able to settle down and stay in Michigan for the last 21 years.

    Besides genealogy, my hobbies include oil painting, traveling and photography. Work continues to keep me very busy, so there isn’t always the time I would like to devote to any of the hobbies. This year I will celebrate my 20th anniversary with Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. As long as work continues to be fun and enjoyable, I’ll keep working…though I must admit; Alan’s retirement 3 years ago has made me think about it, but only when the snow is really deep!

  • At-Large Alvin Collins, Great Lakes bio [hide bio]

    Alvin Collins writes: I was born on July 20, 1950 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Goler Livingstone Collins Sr. (1914-1966)and Lawrie Cornelia STRAWN Collins (1917-living). We lived in Springfield, Missouri where my father was principal of the old Lincoln High School. At the time of my birth, Daddy was teaching summer school at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Being unable to accompany Daddy, she went back to St. Joseph, her home, to have me. Her father, Dr. Estil Young Strawn Sr. (1887-1951) was a surgeon who earned his MD from Howard University in 1913, and was an officer in the Medical Corps during World War One. My grandmother was Ruth ENDICOTT Strawn (1895-1967). My father’s parents were Sylvester Fuller Collins (1877-1964) and Clyde Della BOYD Collins (1891-1960). Sylvester was head of the Psychology Department at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Both grandmothers taught school prior to marriage. I have one brother, Goler Livingstone Collins Jr. (1945-living). He is a retired middle school science teacher at Richard Carroll School in Bamberg, South Carolina. His son Goler Livingston Collins III (1975-living) is principal of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

    In the summer of 1955, my father accepted an administrative position at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. My mother was secretary to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. I was enrolled in Christ the King Catholic Kindergarten. My father was a non practicing Roman Cathoilc. My mother, brother and I had been baptized at Pitts Chapel Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Orangeburg, S.C. was very closely allied with South Carolina State College. Shortly after we arrived in S.C., St. Paul’s had an open house for new faculty members. We took a liking to the mass and the members of the church and stayed. My mother, brother and I were confirmed on May 6, 1962. And my father was received into the Anglican Communion since he had already been confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. From first through ninth grades, I attended Felton Laboratory School on the campus of S.C. State College. I spent next three years of high school at Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, S.C. I earned my BA Degree in history from S,C. State College in 1972. And I earned my MA in History from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. in 1973.

    After earning my Masters Degree, I taught in the schools of Orangeburg, Greenwood, and Williston, South Carolina. I relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1981. I just retired from the Chicago school system where I served as a substitute teacher, teacher's assistant and a job coach in work programs for mentally challenged young adults.

    My genealogical interests began at the age of seven. After moving to South Carolina, we would return to Missouri in the summertime to visit the grandparents. While in St. Joseph, Mo., I noticed two pictures on the dresser in my Grandmother Strawn’s bedroom. I asked,” Mama Strawn, who are the ladies in those pictures?” She said one was her mother and the other was her grandmother. A few days later we went on to Jefferson City, Mo. to see my paternal grandparents. I began asking about their families.

    One could say that I am of COSMOPOLITAN ancestry. There were slaves in the fields and in the house, free people of color prior to the Civil War, a mulatto States Attorney for North Carolina in 1878, farmers, Jews, a proprietor of Schenectady New Amsterdam in 1660, Quakers arriving on the ship Welcome in 1682, a bishop in the Church of England in the early 1600’s, Lords of Studley Royal, and kings of France and England, and of course JOHN ENDICOTT (1588-1665)- Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. My descent from Governor Endicott comes through my great grandfather Joseph Endicott Jr. (1855-1916). He was principal of Lincoln Elementary School in St. Joseph, Mo. He was born a slave in Liberty, Mo. But he was a slave in name only. Was treated as family, and was owned by his uncle (a white half brother of his father Joseph Endicott Sr.), Albert Endicott. My memberships in genealogical societies include:

    -- SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - qualifying ancestor Jacob Strawn (1717-1800) a Quaker serving on the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Safety Committee
    -- WELCOME SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA - qualifying ancestor William Buckman (1650-1716) a native of Sussex, England who came on the ship Welcome with William Penn in 1682
    -- SOCIETY OF THE WAR 1812 - two qualifying ancestors: Jacob Strawn (1783-1860) a Private in the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers, and Edwin Boyd Jackson (1782-1855) a Private serving from Virginia
    -- SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF SLAVE ANCESTRY - an organization in which documentation is required proving that an ancestor was a slave. My qualifying ancestor was Joseph Endicott Sr.

    I am a member of the Episcopal/Anglican Church of St. Paul’s by the Lake where I am in the choir, a lay reader and former vestryman. I am also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

  • Past President (2002-2003) Teddy H. Sanford, Jr., Mid-Atlantic bio [hide bio]

    Teddy H. Sanford, Jr. was born on the morning of 16 August 1942. He was the first son born to a member of the new 82nd Airborne Division and was designated the Airborne Baby of World War II. He grew up in the military and traveled with the family all over the United States and in Asia where he spent nearly three years in Japan. After graduating from high school in 1960, he attended the University of Hawaii. He graduated in June of 1964 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and entered the Regular Army as a Second Lieutenant.

    After training as a cavalry officer at Fort Knox, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas. From January to May of 1966, he was in Vietnam commanding a reconnaissance platoon in the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. After being seriously wounded in May, he was evacuated to the Army Hospital in Camp Zama, Japan before being returned to the United States.

    For the next three years he was assigned to the Army Combat Developments Command and then attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox. He then commanded a tank company before returning to Vietnam in 1969 where he was assigned as a Strategic Intelligence Officer in J2 (Intelligence), Military Assistance Command - Vietnam. Upon returning to the US, he served with the Combat Developments Command Armor Agency and worked on the requirements documents for a new combat tank system which became the famed Abrams Tank. After graduating from the Army Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the Headquarters, United Nations Command/US Forces Korea/8th United States Army in Seoul, Korea. There he met Jeannie Hwang, who became his wife in 1975.

    He was once again assigned to Fort Knox with the Night Fight Test Directorate. In 1979 he was ordered to Washington, D.C. and was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Strategic Intelligence Officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. In 1982, he once again returned to Korea and was the Armor Advisor in the Joint United States Military Assistance Group. While there, it was discovered that he had a heart condition.

    Upon return to the United States, he once more was assigned to Fort Knox as a division chief in the Combat Developments Directorate. He was medically retired from the United States Army on 7 March 1986. From 1986 until 2009, he was the field representative for first Honeywell Defense and later Alliant Tech-Systems. Since retirement, he has lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky where he is close to family and many old comrades.

  • Past President (2003-2013) Gordon S. Harmon, Midwest Memorial
  • Webmaster Doug Leary
Trustees and Membership Meeting Minutes
June 20, 2012 - [MS Word]