The Correct Form - von Twistern
The correct, original form of the surname is von Twistern. It is certain that many von Twistern's came to the United States in the mid to late 1800's. Some of these can be found on the Ellis Island site at www.ellisislandrecords.org/search/.
While I still have not been able to identify Henry William Van Twistern that originated our branch of the family, I have found no less thanNine (9) von Twisterns, listed as v. Twistern, V. Twistern, or von Twistern that came from Germany in the early 1900's; five (5) in the late 1800's; and four(4) Van Twists, listed as van Twist or Van Twist, that arrived from the Netherlands between 1893 and 1912.