I found a Dutch Site (possibly rabellscarpark) which mentioned that the letters IJ were used for Y in old Dutch writings.
If the reading of the tombstone, sent to us years ago by Mr Virgil Benson, is accurate - then subtracting 51 "years" from 1737 gives a birth year of 1686. Take 5 months away from September and you have April. I found this doing a search from some Dutch Site:
Christening: 11 APR 1686 Hei-Boeikop, Zuid Holland, Netherlands (Rotterdam is one of the big cities in the area of South Holland)
Father: HENDRICK JOOSTEN
(No other info)
Form submitted by a member of the LDS Church. The form lists the submitter's name and address and may include source information. The address may be outdated. Details vary. To find the form, you must know the batch and sheet number.
Batch Number: 8623191
Source Call No.: 1396229
Could be just a coincidence that this Joost Joosten was born in April of 1686.
There were other Joost Joostens in NY. Perhaps our guy did get creative and coined the last name of SOOY, in order to avoid confusion.
If any of you live in or near NYC and have access to the NY Archives: there was a PRErogatives Court established by the English. Among other duties, it took care of the estates of those who died intestate and looked after "orphans". If the Brits were as diligent as the Dutch in caring for orphans, then at some point Sarah and Joost would probably have had to appear in court to make some promises as to how they would care for Sarah's daughters by her first husband, Jacob Balck/Balk. There may (or may not) be some useful information about Joost in that kind of record. He would have been just over 21 years of age at the time he and Sarah were married. He may have had to offer proof of his financial stability and abilities. You never know what kind of little treasures might show up in this kind of record.
If anybody can track down these records and finds something - I sure hope you'll share........
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