From John Winter Jones’ Riddles, Charades, and Conundrums, 1822:
What is that which a coach always goes with, cannot go without, and yet is of no use to the coach?
From Routledge’s Every Boy’s Annual, 1864:
Why is O the noisiest of the vowels?
Because all the rest are inaudible (in audible).
From Mark Bryant’s Riddles: Ancient & Modern, 1983:
What is big at the bottom, little at the top, and has ears?
A mountain (it has mountaineers!).