antedating of "y'all"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 6 00:09:07 UTC 2013

OED: 1877  ("you all": 1824)

1874 "Moses Adams" [George William Bagby] _What I Did with My Fifty
Millions _ (Phila.: Lippincott) 118: "Did y'all know Woody Latham?" said I.

(The ADS Archives seem not to be working for me. Sorry of this turns out to
be gratuitous.)

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