Lebedevo Cemetery - Arran District, Saskatchewan
The following is a transcription of the Lebedevo Doukhobor Cemetery located 5 miles south-west of Arran, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of St. Philips No. 301. Land location: SW 21-33-31 West of First. Latitude: 51° 50.595. Longitude: 101°48.738. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred Petroff and George Negrave on September 2, 2006.
Lebedevo Cemetery was established in 1905 by the Doukhobors of Lebedevo village near Arran. After the abandonment of the village in 1917, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1940's. It is no longer in active use and is badly overgrown. It is privately owned.
The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains approximately 50 interments in a single section comprised of five rows facing east-west. The vast majority of graves (45) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify 13 of these. The remaining unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain, upright marble or slate headstones. Click here for an online cemetery map.
To access the cemetery from Arran, travel west on Highway No. 49 for 4 miles (6.4 km). Or to access the cemetery from Pelly, travel east on Highway No. 49 for 5 miles (8.0 km). In either case, then turn south on the grid road and continue for 3/4 mile (1.2 km). The cemetery is on the east side of the road, approximately 100 yards (91 m) from the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
*Translated from Russian.
In addition, the following families resided in Lebedevo village and may have members buried in Lebedevo Cemetery: Argatoff, Chernenkoff, Chernoff, Dutoff, Gretchin, Harshenin, Kooftinoff, Legebokoff, Malakoff, Masloff, Podovinnikoff, Popoff, Sherbinin, Shiloff, Slastukin, Stoochnoff, Storgeoff, Vanin.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Lebedevo Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.