For your “brick wall” ancestor, do you know (or have any idea) how far they lived from:
- the county seat?
- the nearest church of their denomination?
- the nearest place they could get supplies or transact necessary business?
- the nearest “big city?”
- their nearest neighbor?
- the cemetery?
- the location where the nearest newspaper was published?
- a major river?
The list here is not exclusive. If you’ve got no idea of the answers to these questions, determining those answers may help you solve your problem.