The OED says:
3. A person, spec. (derog.) a person of little consequence.[1835 Gent's. Vade-Mecum (Philadelphia) 22 Aug. 2/4 Orson, the wild man of the woods is nothing to himnot a circumstancenot a huckleberry.] 1868 New Eng. Base Ballist 3 Sept. 17/1 Now then, my huckleberry, look sharp! you're wrong! 1889 â€˜MARK TWAIN' Connecticut Yankee 338 The Saracen..is no huckleberry.
Perhaps you should submit H.D. Thoreau's passages to OED. They update their sources periodically.
Michael Quinion has a good response:
I'm your huckleberry.
What it means is easy enough. To be one's huckleberry â€” usually as the phrase I'm your huckleberry â€” is to be just the right person for a given job, or a willing executor of some commission. Where it comes from needs a bit more explaining.
First a bit of botanical history. â€¦
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