Mark Twain mentions the boys making them in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," which I believe was written in 1870. He's writing a novelization of his own 1840s childhood in Missouri. I doubt he would have included a wildly anachronistic episode, especially one so central to the story as the boys' first smoke. There is a difference between home-made and commercially made, though.
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty