Von Twistern, Vantwistern, van Twistern
See also VanTwistern. Originally, we believe the correct spelling of the family name was either Von Twistern or van Twistern. More than likely the correct name was Von Twistern as there are at least two towns in Germany with names similar to the family name. One village or town is Twist, North of Nordhorn in Germany (near the Netherlands) and the other is Twistringen South of Bremen in Germany.
All we know at this time:
Born approximately 1832, Heinrich Wilhelm Von Twistern (or van Twistern) arrived in the United States in the mid 1800's. He is listed as Henry William VanTwistern per the 1870 Census Records for New York City. Family stories say, Henry was an engineer working on the design and construction of one of the first elevated railways in New York City (3rd Ave. El.)
Children: Anne, Etta, Henry, Louise, Mary, and Richard Alexander
Richard Alexander was born in 1880 and died in 1953 in the United States. For many years, one of his last jobs was working for the Parks Dept. of New York City.
Married: Magdalene Dornsief
Children: Mary Anne Louise, Florence Catherine, Eleanor Marie, Henry (Harry) Willam.
Any information on the VanTwistern, Von Twistern, van Twistern, or Vantwistern family line before Heinrich Wilhelm or after would be appreciated.