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Osvobozhdeniye Cemetery - Pelly District, Saskatchewan


The following is a transcription of the Osvobozhdeniye Doukhobor Cemetery located 8 miles northeast of Pelly, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Livingston No. 331. Land location: SW 7-34-31 West of First. Latitude: 5153.740. Longitude: 10150.972. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred Petroff and George Negrave on September 2, 2006.



View of the cemetery from the south facing north.


Historical Background


Osvobozhdeniye Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Osvobozhdeniye village near Pelly. After the abandonment of the village in 1917, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1990'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 115 interments in a single section comprised of 8 rows facing east-west. The vast majority of graves (98) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates to identify fifteen 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.


Driving Directions


To access the cemetery from Pelly, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 49 and the Village of Pelly Exit on gravel Secondary Route No. 661 for 4 miles (6.4 km). Then turn east and continue on the grid road for 4 miles (6.4 km). To access the cemetery from Arran, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 49 and the Village of Arran Exit on the gravel road for 2 miles (3.2 km). Then turn west and continue for 5 miles (8.0 km).  In either case, then turn south on the grid road and continue for 1 mile (1.6 km). The cemetery is 1/2 mile (.8 km) west of the grid road, across a 1/4 section, in the southeast corner of the adjoining 1/4 section.  It can only be accessed by crossing a cultivated field. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.







Birth Date


Death Date












Bartsoff   Mike S.   1877   Aug. 7, 1923   No Marker



John A.




Mar. 28, 1928


Died - age 39 years

Chernenkoff   George W.   1868   Jan. 24, 1946   No Marker



Ivan G.






Died - age 74 years

Chernenkoff   Nastia T.   1882   Apr. 27, 1937   Nee Strelaeff - No Marker
Chutskoff   Mary   1852   Mar. 5, 1943   No Marker
Efonoff   Eli   1858   Nov. 24, 1938   No Marker
Efonoff   John N.   1861   Mar. 1, 1937   Died - age 75 years - No Marker










Gritchin *


Alexei P.


May 1, 1889


Apr. 7, 1939



Kabatoff   Nancy W.   1884   Aug. 5, 1941   Nee Holoboff - No Marker
Kondratoff   Johnny   -   Jun. 20, 1948    







Jun. 20, 1948



Legebokoff *   Anna A.   1899   1940   Nee Kolesnikoff
Legebokoff   Arina F.   1873   1931    
Legebokoff *   Arina W.   1903   Nov. 14, 1944    
Legebokoff   George   1921   1995    
Legebokoff   George D.   Mar. 12, 1881   Apr. 23, 1930   No Marker
Legebokoff   Harry W.   Dec. 1, 1926   Aug. 21, 1935    
Legebokoff   Maria D.   -   -    
Legebokoff *   Pelagea A.   1885   Jun. 16, 1926    
Legebokoff   Polly A.   1866   Nov. 25, 1934   Nee Vanin - No Marker
Legebokoff   William G.   1905   1971    
Markin   Steve N.   1892   Apr. 30, 1928   No Marker
Popoff   Annie G.   1908   Sep. 24, 1934   Nee Kinakin - No Marker
Rezansoff *   Arina P.   1884   Mar. 26, 1932   Died - age 48 years
Strukoff   Freddy   -   Mar. 7, 1943    
Strukoff   Verginia   -   Aug. 17, 1937    



Bill F.







Vanin   Kuzma F.   Mar. 1865   Apr. 1, 1946   No Marker
Vanin   Molly W.   1864   Jan. 12, 1936   Nee Legebokoff - No Marker
Woiken   Luska N.   1869   Sep. 1, 1944   Nee Halishoff - No Marker
Woytkiw   Mike B.   Jan. 10, 1930   May 21, 1930   No Marker


*Translated from Russian.


In addition, the following families resided in Osvobozhdeniye village and may have members buried in Osvobozhdeniye Cemetery: Argatoff, Barabanoff, Berikoff, Gritchin, Legebokoff, Malakoff, Matrosoff, Saprikin, Tarasoff, Vanin, Voykin, Wishloff, Zharikoff.



View of the cemetery from the east facing west.
One of the few remaining wooden markers at the cemetery.





Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions and death certificates. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Osvobozhdeniye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.