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Krol, Bastiaen Janszen (1595–1674), representative of the Dutch Reformed church (first colonial "comforter of the sick") and colonial administrator in New Netherland, representative of the Dutch Reformed church (first colonial “comforter of the sick”) and colonial administrator in New Netherland, was born in Harlingen in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands, the son of Jans Krol and Annetjen Egberts. Bastiaen Krol had little formal education. He was employed in the fabric industry as a plush or velours worker when in 1615 he married Annetjen Stoffelsdocter, with whom he had three children. Krol signed his marriage certificate with a cross, suggesting he was unable to write his name at this time....