Here some Information for ya.
Here is the story in are History book in Huron County, OH.
WIDOW ( Nancy ) SAMPLE
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.
In my research I have found no proof that this Sample family ever came from Licking County, OH...and It also states that the Mother moved WEST.She did not moved west, she moved NORTH.
1820 Census of Huron County, OH -I find John Sample and the whole family living together.
1830 Huron County there was a William Sample family and I believe the mother Nancy Sample and her new husband Jacob Rush was living with him.Also in 1830 there was a Samuel Sample family living in Huron County, OH
Then in 1840 I fine James Sample living in Lenawee County, Mich.(NOT SURE ON THIS ONE YET).,and also in 1840 David Sample and his wife Susan(Henderson) Sample Family living in Huron county, OH- by this time the mother is now living with him and the new husband Jacob Rush had pasted away.
In 1850 John Sample had moved to Sandusky County, OH--- James Sample living in Calhoun County, Mich.(STILL NOT SURE ON THIS ONE YET) ---David Sample living in Lenawee County, Mich with his mother Nancy and David sister Nancy living with them.
Martha Sample married Amos Harkness in Huron County, OH and moved to Hillsdale, Mich by 1850.Martha pasted 7 March 1860 before the census was taken again.Her body was bought back to Huron County, OH.Amos Harkness remarried.
Also David Sample wife Susan (Henderson) Sample brother James Henderson was living next door to them in Lenawee County, Mich in 1850
Notes: 1850 census states that David Sample was born in Ohiohis mother Nancy Sample was born in Ireland
In 1860 I fine David Sample born in OH(48) and his wife Susan (Henderson) Sample(50) still living in Lenawee County, Mich with his mother Nancy now 90 year old, son Philip Jacob Sample(20 or 26), daughter Martha Sample(18). In 1860 I see that David sister Nancy had moved out of the household.
Notes: the mother Nancy Sample pasted 6 Feb 1866.
1860 James Sample Born in PA still living in Calhoun County, Mich (54) with his wife Sophia(50) born in N.Y. - Harriet M (18) born in Mich -Marry?(27) born in N.Y.- John (23) born in N.Y.(STILL NOT SURE ON THIS ONE YET)
1870 David Sample born in OH and wife Susan(Henderson) Sample born in Canada Still living in Lenawee County, Mich, but by this time all the children moved out.
Samuel and Experience Sample living in Mercer County, ILL
1880 David Sample still living in Lenawee, Mich (69)Born in Oh., both his parents born in IRELAND - Susan has pasted and David remarried to a Alyina? (not sure on the spelling) age (70) born in N.Y. both her parents born in N.Y.
Samuel Sample and Experience Sample still living in Mercer County, ILL
I hope all this will help connect some where and/or with someone out there.