When transcribing data, you want to remain as true to the original as possible. However, when anlyaing data, some creavitity may come in handy.
Consider organizing census information in a chart or a table, using a spreadsheet or a table in a word processing document.
Take the twenty names before and after your ancestor in the 1800-1830 census and put all of them in a table? How many names (besides your ancestor) do you see repeated? Are these names possible clues?