Hello, welcome to our family website. Please take a moment and browse through our families’ rich and colorful history. Our story begins in the early 1600’s when Michiel Tadens left the Eiderstedt Peninsula for New Amsterdam, probably under contract with the West India Company. From there the family moved inland to Wallington, New Jersey. They changed their name to Van Eyderstyn, probably to comemorate their origins in Europe. The family grew and branched throughout the U.S. and Canada.
This site deals mainly with the Canadian side of the family, beginning when John Van Iderstine left the United States after the American Revolution as a Loyalist. Hopefully our American cousins will be able to help us connect John with his New Jersey family. There seems to be no record of John other than his military records. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have any information on John.
The information on this site was gathered from many sources and is correct to the best of my knowledge. However, readers should verify dates and names before assuming they are 100% correct. Corrections accompanied by a verified source are always welcome. Enjoy!
– Kent Van Iderstine UE