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Moiseyevo Cemetery - Buchanan District, Saskatchewan

 

The following is a transcription of the Moiseyevo Doukhobor Cemetery located 3 miles south-west of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Buchanan No. 304. Land location: SE 21-31-6 West of Second. Latitude: 5140.021. Longitude: 10247.661. Transcribed October 2, 2004 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff.  Updated September 9, 2006.

 


 

View of the cemetery from the north facing south. It lies in the midst of pasture land.  

 

Historical Background

 

Moiseyevo (aka Khristianovka) Cemetery was established in 1902 by the Doukhobors of Moiseyevo (aka Khristianovka) village. After the abandonment of the village in 1917, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1940's. Thereafter, the cemetery ceased to be actively used. For many years it sat unkept, unfenced, in a pasture. Grazing cattle knocked over many of the stones. In 2002, the cemetery was fenced and the stones were put back in place. The cemetery is privately owned by the Crown.  

 

Layout

 

The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is no gate. The cemetery contains approximately 100 interments in a single section comprised of eleven rows facing east-west. The majority of graves (92) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify nine of these. The remaining 84 or so 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.

 

Driving Directions

 

To access the cemetery, travel south from Buchanan on Highway No. 47 for 1 3/4 miles (2.8 km). Then turn west and continue on the gravel road for 1 1/2 miles (2.4 km). The cemetery is on the south side of the road, approximately 200 yards (182 m) from the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.

 


Transcription

Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Barowsky Alexander A. 1857 1908 Mill Operator - No Marker
Burnson Helen J. Apr. 8, 1911 Dec. 29, 1936 Nee Sookochoff - No Marker

Demosky

Alex M.

1864

1934

No Marker

Demosky Annie G. 1867 Dec. 29, 1937 Nee Dorofaeff - No Marker

Fofonoff

Mary

1850

1938

No Marker

Kalmakoff Fotei D. 1850 1908 Mill Operator - No Marker

Shirstabitoff

 

Maria

 

Aug. 28, 1888

 

Nov. 14, 1918

 

Wife of Sam

Shirstabitoff Wasil S. Jan. 16, 1909 Jul. 26, 1913 Child of Sam and Mary
Sookochoff Cyril J. 1938 1938 Son of John and Lillian - No Marker
Sookochoff John F. 1865 March 11, 1917 Died - age 52 years

Strelioff *

Agafia S.

1884

Oct. 1934

Strelioff *

Evdokim G.

Mar. 1, 1889

Nov. 12, 1918

Strelioff *

Grigory E.

May 13, 1917

Nov. 14, 1918

Strelioff

Grigory V.

May 6, 1861

Jun. 5, 1935

No Marker

Strelioff Polly A. 1847 Feb. 9, 1940 No Marker

Strelioff *

Vakul V.

Mar. 25, 1832

Nov. 18, 1918

Terichow

John W.

1915

Nov. 10, 1918

Died - age 3 years

 

*Translated from Russian.

 

In addition, the following families resided in Moiseyevo village and may have members buried in Moiseyevo Cemetery: Androsoff, Barowsky, Chutskoff, Demosky, Fedosoff, Fofanoff, Kalmakoff, Kolesnikoff, Maloff, Negraeff, Ostoforoff, Popoff, Rebalkin, Sherstobitoff, Shukin, Sookocheff, Strelieff, Tomilin, Voikin, Wishloff.

 


 

View of the cemetery site. Note it is overgrown with grass.
View of the cemetery from the south-east facing north-west.

 


 

Notes

 

Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. Special thanks to Lauralee Nogue for her work in preserving this cemetery and in identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Moiseyevo Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.