Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 105.
DESHA COUNTY, situated in the southeast part of Arkansas, with Mississippi river on the east, and traversed by Arkansas and White rivers. Area, 800 square miles. Face of the country level. Seat of justice, Bellville. Pop. in 1840, 1,598; in 1850 2,920.