Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 29.
ATHENS COUNTY, situated in the southeast part Ohio, adjoining the Ohio and traversed by Hockhocking rivers. Length, about 40 miles; mean breadth, 23, extending over an area of about 900 square miles. The face of the country is undulating or hilly, but well wooded and watered, with an extremely fertile soil. Courts are held at Athens. Pop., in 1820, 6,338; in 1830, 9,787; in 1840, 19,109; in 1850, 18,215.