Vernoe Cemetery - Veregin district, Saskatchewan
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Vernoye Cemetery - Veregin District, Saskatchewan

 

The following is an overview of the Vernoye Doukhobor Cemetery located 2 miles south of Veregin, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Sliding Hills No. 273. Land location: NW 33-29-1 West of Second. Latitude: 5133.531. Longitude: 10205.478. Transcribed September 24, 2005 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff. 

 


 

View of the cemetery from the east facing west.

 

Historical Background

 

Vernoye (Verovka) Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Vernoye (Verovka) village near Veregin. After the abandonment of the village in 1920, 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.  

 

Layout

 

The cemetery is approximately a tenth of an 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 (48) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify 18 of these. The remaining 30 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 of Veregin on gravel Secondary Route No. 637 for 1 mile (1.6 km). Then turn west and continue on the dirt road for 3/4 mile (1.2 km). The cemetery is on the south side of the road, approximately 600 yards (548 m) from the road allowance, immediately east of Kamsack Creek. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.

 


Transcription

Surname

 

Name

 

Birth Date

 

Death Date

 

Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fofonoff   Nikolai A.   1860   -   No Marker
                 
Harshenin   Ivan   1864   -   No Marker
Harshenin   Johnny   -   -   No Marker
Hoodikoff   Anna   1860   -   No Marker
                 
Jmaeff   (old man)   -   -   No Marker
                 

Konkin

 

Anastasia

 

1878

 

Oct. 14, 1940

 

Nee Rezansoff - No Marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osachoff

 

Semeon

 

1860

 

-

 

No Marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pohozeff   Anna   1859   -   No Marker
Pohozeff   Lukian P.   1892   -   No Marker

Popoff *

 

Alex I.

 

1870

 

1939

 

 

Popoff *

 

Anna G.

 

1871

 

1938

 

Wife of Alex

Popoff   (child)   -   -   No Marker
                 
Shukin   (child)   -   -   Son of Alex - No Marker
Shukin   Aksinya   1850   -   No Marker
Shukin   Alexei W.   1850   -   No Marker
Shukin   Anastasia I.   1877   -   No Marker
Shukin   Elizabeth N.   -   -   Daughter of Nikifor - No Marker
Shukin   Havrila W.   1847   -   No Marker
Shukin   Nikifor A.   1872   1933   No Marker
Strelaeff   Avdotia   -   -   No Marker

  

*Translated from Russian.

 

In addition, the following families resided in Vernoye village and may have members buried in Vernoye Cemetery: Fofonoff, Shukin, Kinakin, Chernoff, Pereverzeff, Pohozeff, Hoodikoff, Samoyloff, Tarasoff, Strelaeff, Popoff, Terekoff, Ribalkin, Drozdoff, Osachoff, Bondareff, Konkin, Harshenin, Dorofaeff, Repin, Diakoff, Bedinoff.

 


 

View of the cemetery from the grid road facing south. It is marked by the distant bluff of trees.

 


 

Notes

 

Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. Special thanks to Lydia Cherkas for assisting in locating the cemetery and to Florence Kazakoff and Fred Shukin for identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Vernoye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.