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Widow Nancy (?) Sample, Rush
The First Settler a Woman
The History of Huron County, OH.,
Volume I & II by A. J. Baughman 1909
Revised Index 1998
and/or the Firelands Pioneer books
From the Fireland Historical Society

The first clearing in the township was made by a widow woman, of foreign birth, name Widow Sample, and the boys in her family of nine children - John, Martha, Betsey, James, William, Anna, Samuel, Nancy and David.  They came from Newark, Licking county, Ohio, in the year 1816, and settled on lot thirty - six, in the third section.  The widow was a woman of very remarkable ability, and of strong constitution. The family was very poor, and Mrs. Sample and her boys and girls were compelled to live in a manner which many people would consider impossible.  It is related,  upon the best of authority. that boys went bare-footed all of one winter, while they were chopping timber and extending the clearing in which their rude cabin stood.  They heated large chips by the fire, and carrying them to the place where they were intending to fell a tree, stood upon them until they grew cold, and then heated them again and again, until their day's work was done.  Day after day they labored under this disadvantage, which less hardy people would regard as insurmountable.  The mother of these boys was their equal, if not superior, in energy and spirit, and was ingenious as well.  She out reaped a man in the grain field in 1817, and clothed her family in cloth which she wove from the silk of wild nettles.  Mrs. Sample married Jacob Rush, who died soon there after.  Her daughter Martha Sample, married Amos Harkness.  The mother removed to the west, and lived to be nearly a hundred years old.
Jane Harkness, one of the children of Amos and Martha (Sample) Harkness, married John Parrott, of Ripley Twp, OH.  She is the only one of the descendants of the Sample family who lived in the vicinity.

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I have found no proof that this family really came from Newark, Licking County, OH. and/or that Widow Nancy SAMPLE moved to the west, other than what is in the History book as listed above.

Widow Nancy (?) Sample, Rush Grave site has been found.
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Widow Nancy Sample John SAMPLE Martha SAMPLE
Nancy SAMPLE David Sample

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