Still Further Antedating of "Hillbilly"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 9 02:19:53 UTC 2014

hillbilly (OED 1900)

1881 _Cincinnati Enquirer_ 18 Oct. 2/1 (  Nicholasville, Kentucky. ... This has been Court-day, and a quiet one, until about dark, when ten or fifteen roughs, known locally as "Hill Billies," undertook to take the city.

Fred Shapiro

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