My copy of Peter F. Copeland’s Early American Crafts and Occupations Coloring Book (Dover Publications, 1994) includes an image of a barrowman, a person responsible for digging up stones and removing them from farmed soil. Anyone who has ever farmed knows how miserable it is to run into a stone.
The foundation stones from a long-gone 19th century home are spread out around my property. Over the years, they migrated and were put to use by various owners for a variety of purposes: cornerstones, foundations for smaller sheds and barns, etc.
Today, like a barrowman of yore, I excavated some of the stone and moved them to my rock pile for future use in building a stone shed .