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Moylan ledger, 1792 Jan.-1794 Dec.

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Finding aid prepared by Courtney N. Murphy


Moylan ledger


1792 Jan.-1794 Dec


University of Kentucky Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2011MS042 : [identification of item], Moylan ledger, 1792 Jan.-1794 Dec., University of Kentucky Special Collections.


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John Moylan was the son of a successful Irish merchant who immigrated to America along with many of his brothers. He established a textile and clothing business in Lexington, Kentucky in 1792. Moylan also served as a clothier to the Continental Army for numerous years, which eventually led him to close the store. After closing the store Moyland returned to Europe, where he later died in England.

Scope and Content

The Moylan ledger consists of business transactions that took place in Moylan's store during the years, 1792-1794. Each patron had a page that lists items purchased as well as remaining balance owed. In most cases where a balance is owed the ledger indicates the date the balance is due. The writing is faded, but a few of the items still legible are hymn books, stationary, hats, blankets, and wine. Toward the back of the ledger, there are pages pertaining to a voyage to New Orleans; the items he purchased there to resell at his store in Lexington.


  • Kentucky--History--18th century.
  • Business names--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Business records--Kentucky--Fayette County.
  • Business records--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Business records--Kentucky.
  • Businessmen--Kentucky.
  • Small business--Kentucky--Lexington--History.

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