Nadezhda Cemetery - Veregin District, Saskatchewan
The following is a transcription of the Nadezhda Doukhobor Cemetery located 7 1/2 miles north-east of Veregin, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Keys No. 303. Land location: NW 24-31-1 West of Second (New Section) & NE 23-31-1 West of Second (Old Section). Latitude: 51°40.591. Longitude: 102°01.805. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff on July 11, 2004. Updated January 18, 2006.
Nadezhda (aka Nadojda) Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Nadezhda village. Following the Dominion Land Survey of 1907, the cemetery was moved from the old section to the new section in order to accommodate the road allowance. After the abandonment of the village in 1940, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors and is still in active use today. It is privately owned and is well maintained.
The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a shelterbelt of mature spruce trees. There is a single iron gate. The main section of the cemetery contains 83 interments in eight rows facing east-west. An older section across the road contains an additional 7 interments. There are 90 interments in total. Over half the graves (50) have no marker and the mounds have been leveled. I have used the cemetery plot map, death certificates and oral tradition to identify 22 of these. The remaining 28 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, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 5 and the Village of Veregin Exit on gravel Secondary Route No. 637 for 6 3/4 miles (10.9 km). Then turn east and continue on the dirt road for 1 1/2 miles (2.4 km). Turn south on the first dirt road and continue for approximately 1/4 mile (.5 km). The main section is on the east side of the road and the old section is on the west side of the road. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
*Translated from Russian.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, cemetery plot map, death certificates, local histories and oral tradition. I have photos for most of the headstones and would be happy to share them. Special thanks to Mike Zeebin for assisting in locating the old section of the cemetery and for identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Nadezhda Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.