References to your ancestor may easily not mention his (or her) first name. A mention of my aunt and uncle in a 1912 newspaper only referred to them as “Mr. and Mrs. Rampley.” In fact, over half the references to this couple in that newspaper referred to them as only “Rampley,” “Mr. Rampley,” or “Mrs. Rampley,”–without a first name.
Keep in mind that your ancestor may have only been listed with a last name in the newspaper.