On September 27, 1823, he married Sarah Wells (1804–1878), and they had three children.
In March 1861, Sanford was retained to defend Assemblyman Jay Gibbons at the latter's trial before the Assembly on charges of bribery, but Sanford died unexpectedly.
He and his wife were buried at the Greenville Cemetery.
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 132, 145, 221 and 301; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Journal of the Assembly (84th Session) (1861; pg. 757 and 774)
- Tombstone transcriptions from Greenville Cemetery, at RootsWeb
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