Entry in progress—B.P.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
U.S. colloq. (derogatory). A native of Tennessee. Now rare.
1838 T. C. Haliburton Clockmaker 2nd Ser. xix. 289 There’s the hoosiers of Indiana,..the mudheads of Tenessee [etc.].
1847 J. K. Paulding & W. I. Paulding Madmen All ii. ii, in Amer. Comedies 192 Waal, we’ve got some o’ most all kinds: Pukes, Wolverines, Snags, Hoosiers, Griddle-greasers, Buck-eyes, Corncrackers, Pot-soppers, Hard-heads, Hawk-eyes, Rackensacks, Linsey-woolseys, Red-horses, Mud-heads, Green-horns [etc.].
1949 Amer. Speech 24 27 Buckshine, Mudhead, or Whelp for a Tennessean.
The Clockmaker; or The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville
By Thomas Chandler Haliburton
London: Richard Bentley
These last have all nicknames. There’s the hoosiers of Indiana, the suckers of Illinoy, the pukes of Missuri, the buckeys of Ohio, the red horses of Kentucky, the mud-heads of Tenessee, the wolverines of Michigan, the eels of New England, and the corn-crackers of Virginia.
Life in the New World,
Or, Sketches of American Society
By Charles Seatsfield
New York, NY: J. WInchester
They would begin the struggle rather to-day than to-morrow; the Hooskiers from Indiana, the Suckers from Illinois, the Pukes from Missouri, the Red-horses from Kentucky, the Buckeyes from Ohio, the Wolverines from Michigan, the Eels from New England, the Mudheads from Gennessee, the Corncrackers from Virginia, they are all ready.
An Index to the United States of America
Compiled by Malcolm Townsend
Boston, MA: D. Lothrop Company
NICKNAMES APPLIED TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATES.
Tennessee...Mud-head..."A nickname applied to natives of Tennessee.”—Bartlett. (No reason given.)