Narrowing down locations in historical US Census docs
I have ancestors who lived in Mississippi in the 1800's, and I'm trying to narrow down exactly where.
In the 1860 census, my ancestor's possible name is recorded on a page with the heading "Free Inhabitants in [blank] in the County of DeSoto of Mis, ennumerated by me, etc. Post Office Hernando."
With an entry like this can we tell if the person lived in town (ie Hernando, MS) or in a rural location? The "Dwelling house number in order of visitation" column is blank.
The 1870 census entry is recorded on a page with the heading "Inhabitants in Township 5 [?] Range 6, in the County of DeSoto.... Post Office Arklabuta." The "Dwelling house number in order of visitation" column has some numbers in it.
(Hernando and Arklabuta are about 15 miles apart)
My guess is that the County of DeSoto would have the township maps. Has anyone tried to track down locations in more detail using census records?