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Ooteshenia Cemetery - Buchanan District, Saskatchewan

 

The following is a transcription of the Ooteshenia Doukhobor Cemetery located 7 miles south-east of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274. Land location: SW 31-30-5 West of Second. Latitude: 5138.468. Longitude: 10242.505. Transcribed October 2, 2004 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff. 

 


 

View of the cemetery from the west facing east.

 

Historical Background

 

Ooteshenia (aka Utesheniye) Cemetery was established in 1900 by the Doukhobors of Utesheniye village. After the abandonment of the village in 1913, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1950's. It is no longer in active use. The cemetery was restored by a committee in 1985-1986 and since that time has been maintained in very good condition. It is privately owned.

 

Layout

 

The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by iron fence posts. There is an open gate on the west side. The cemetery contains 66 interments in a single section comprised of six rows facing east-west. Over half the graves (45) have no marker and the mounds have been leveled. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify eight of these. The remaining 38 unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain slate, marble or concrete upright headstones or flat markers set flush to the ground. Click here for an online cemetery map.

 

Driving Directions

 

To access the cemetery from Buchanan, travel south on Highway No. 47 for 5 3/4 miles (9.3 km). Then turn east on Secondary Route No. 651 for 2 3/4 miles (4.4 km). Turn north-west on the gravel road and continue for 1 1/4 mile (2 km). To access the cemetery from Canora, travel west on Secondary Route No. 651 for 11 1/4 miles (18 km). Turn north-west on the gravel road and continue for 1 1/4 mile (2 km). The cemetery is on the east side of the road, approximately 1/4 mile (.4 km) 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
                 

Chutskoff

 

Wasyl W.

 

Dec. 29, 1914

 

Apr. 14, 1918

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eletskoff

 

Annie A.

 

1862

 

1936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holoboff   Louis G.   1921   1921   No Marker
Holoboff   Pauline W.   1841   1927   No Marker
                 
Kotelnikoff   Lukian T.   1885   1956   No Marker
Kotelnikoff   Martha J.   1883   1965   No Marker
Kotelnikoff   Mary H.   1857   1936   No Marker

Katelnikoff *

 

Timofey T.

 

1857

 

Oct. 14, 1928

 

Died - age 71 years

Konkin *

 

Avdotia F.

 

1880

 

Jan. 4, 1949

 

Died - age 69 years

Konkin *

 

P.W.

 

1874

 

May 11, 1935

 

Died - age 61 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ozoroff

 

Alex W.

 

1877

 

 Sep. 3, 1948

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petroff   Agafia   1855   1934   Nee Eletskoff
Petroff   Alexei D.   1846   1924   No Marker
Petroff   Dmitry N.   1825   1914   No Marker

Petroff

 

Peter D.

 

1852

 

1949

 

 

Petroff   Polly G.   1910   1926   No Marker

Petroff *

 

Vasily D.

 

1855

 

1940

 

 

Petroff   Wasyl G.   1924   1924   No Marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strelioff *

 

Havrila S.

 

Jul. 25, 1838

 

Mar. 27, 1910

 

 

Strelioff *

 

Praskovia A.

 

Oct. 20, 1839

 

Jun. 10, 1911

 

 

Strilaiff

 

Peter H.

 

Jun. 29, 1863

 

Oct. 12, 1919

 

 

Sukovaoff

 

Florence

 

Aug. 3, 1925

 

Aug. 28, 1943

 

 

Sukovaoff *

 

Mikhail N.

 

1886

 

May 1, 1903

 

Died - age 17 years

Sukovaoff   Nick W.   1860   1944   No Marker

Sukovaoff *

 

Vasily A.

 

1826

 

Jun. 14, 1900

 

Died - age 74 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verigin

 

Evdokia N.

 

1847

 

May 25, 1924

 

Died - age 77 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zeibin *

 

George J.

 

1876

 

1961

 

 

Zeibin *

 

Ivan N.

 

1850

 

Jul. 18, 1922

 

 

Zeibin   John G.   1901   Aug. 20, 1936   Died - age 35 years
Zeibin   Marfa F.   1878   1951    

Zeibin *

 

Maria V.

 

1850

 

Mar. 4, 1924

 

Died - age 74 years

 

*Translated from Russian.

 


 

Stone cairn at the cemetery gate.
 
View of the cemetery from the north-west facing south-east.

 


 

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. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Ooteshenia Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.