|Died||April 22, 1736
|Occupation||Trader, interpreter, settler|
Anthony Sadowski was born in about 1669 in Poland. He hailed from Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski near the town of Kielce. His father was Marcin Sadowski, who was a chamberlain at the Polish king's castle in Gostyń, and, as a deputy of the Polish Sejm, an inspector of the king's land holdings in Ukraine. Though it is not known which schools Anthony attended in his youth, he did receive a classical education.
During the Great Northern War in 1701, Sadowski was taken captive with his brother at Riga. He managed to escape captivity, and made his way to Scotland, England, and, subsequently, America, reaching New York in 1704.
When Sadowski moved to the New World he married Marya Bordt (Mary Bird), daughter of Andrew Bird of Newtown, New York. They would have six children. Their eldest son Andrew Sadowski and three daughters, Justina, Anna, and Sofia, left progeny. Two of their grandsons through son Andrew, James and Jacob Sadowski, became famous Kentucky pioneers. Sadowski moved his family from New Jersey to Pennsylvania in 1712, to a 400-acre (1.6 km2) property along the Schuylkill River. He, along with George Boone—father of the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone—was a founder of Amity Township in Berks County in 1719.
As a trader, Sadowski traveled as far as Logstown (near modern Ambridge, Pennsylvania). With two other Indian traders, he established a trading post at present-day Kittanning, Pennsylvania in June 1729. He became a citizen of Pennsylvania in 1735.
Death and legacy
His grave marker bears the following inscription:
Whether or not he opened an Indian trading post on the shores of Lake Erie and gave his name to Sandusky, Ohio, here lies the greatest Polish frontiersman of colonial times, an organizer of Amity Township in 1719, and founder of the Sandusky family in America.
- Wierzewski, Wojciech (2006). "The Turbulent Life of Anthony Sadowski". Retrieved April 17, 2011.
- See image of historical marker at Wikimedia Commons.
- "Anthony Sadowski". Find A Grave. Retrieved April 16, 2011.