A Genealogical Index of  Masons, Quarrymen, Builders,

Carpenters and all related Occupations

in Devon and Cornwall





This is my personal collection of stone and quarrymen.  They were all either born in Devon or Cornwall, or born elsewhere and worked in the West Country.  They are compiled from old directories, census entries, books, polls, etc. and the  help received from many kind people whose ancestors were quarriers too.  The earliest mason included was alive in 1370.  Many builders, carpenters, plasterers, surveyors and labourers are listed, as they all worked together.  You will find lots of “strays”.   Those honoured and remembered here had hard lives and created fine buildings, not just in Devon and Cornwall, but throughout the world, many of which still stand today.


There are well over 67,000 entries.  I have a lot more to add and will update weekly.  I am not responsible for errors – however hard one strives for perfection, some do occur, even in the documents from which they were obtained.  It is an ongoing work and if you have ancestors you would like included, more information to add to any listed entry, or corrections to make, please e-mail me on the form below.  I hope you enjoy this site which is dedicated to the memory of my dear cousin Margery Ada Harman, who introduced me to genealogy, and to our stone mason great grandfather James Kistle of Ponstreath, Mabe and Oakery Cottage, Princetown.


Joan Taber


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© Joan Taber, 2001

These files may be downloaded for personal use, but may not be posted on a Web Site or used for commercial purposes.