Jedediah Sanger 1751-1829
New Hartford's founder Jedediah Sanger was one of the first pioneers to settle in the Upper Mohawk Region. He founded New Hartford in 1788 and spent the early 1790s working to convince state legislators in Albany to form an Oneida County. Sanger was born in Sherburne, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in 1751, being the ninth of a family of ten children of Richard and Deborah Sanger.
In May 1771, Jedediah Sanger married Sarah Rider by whom he had four children: Sarahin, Sarah, Walter and Zedekiah. In 1782 he moved to Jeffrey, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. There he established a large farm, store and tavern. Fire destroyed his property in 1784 and forced him into bankruptcy.
Soon after, he heard of the "Whitestown Country," purchased by land speculators George Washington and George Clinton. In 1788 he purchased 1,000 acres of land at fifty cents an acre from Washington and Clinton. This tract was divided almost equally by the Sauquoit Creek and included what is now the Village of New Hartford. He built a log cabin and in March 1789, he brought his wife and family to his wilderness home. In this same year he built a sawmill and in 1790 a gristmill and the famous "Sanger Barn" used as a meeting place for the early settlers.
Jedediah bought and sold thousands of acres of land throughout the country, including the purchase from the State in 1790 and 1791, the land comprising the Town of Sangerfield, from whom the town derives its name.
In 1793 Sanger, along with Samuel Wells, Elijah Risley and the printer, Richard Vanderburg, published the first newspaper west of Albany ever printed, the Whitestown Gazette. He was among the founders of the HamiltonOneida Academy now known as Hamilton College.
He built oil and paper mills in New Hartford and was engaged in the manufacture of cotton. He served in Albany as a member of Senate and Assembly for many years. He was the first supervisor of Whitestown and was appointed one of the first judges of Oneida County.
His first wife died Sept. 26,1814 and he married Sarah B. Kissam on Aug. 31, 1815. She died April 23, 1825 and he married his third wife, Fanny Dench on Oct. 3, 1827.
Judge Sanger died June 6, 1829. He was originally interred in the village cemetery in New Hartford, later in a family burial lot on his farm and finally in Forest Hills Cemetery in Utica.