Vossianie Cemetery - Runnymede district, Saskatchewan
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Vossianiye Cemetery - Runnymede District, Saskatchewan

 

The following is a transcription of the Vossianiye Doukhobor Cemetery located 5 miles south-west of Runnymede, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Cote No. 271. Land location: NE 21-28-31 West of First. Latitude: 5126.519. Longitude: 10147.040. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Ron Tetoff on August 13, 2005.

 


 

View of the Vossianiye village prayer home, located a 1/4 mile north of the cemetery.

 

Historical Background

 

Vossianiye (Vossialovka) Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Vossianiye (Vossialovka) village near Runnymede. After the abandonment of the village in 1920, 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, however, it is still badly overgrown. The cemetery is privately owned.  

 

Layout

 

The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is no gate. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains approximately 75 interments in a single section comprised of five rows facing east-west. The vast majority of the graves (73) have no headstones, however, many of the graves are marked by fieldstone. I have used death certificates to identify two of these. The remaining 71 or so unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain, upright concrete or slate headstones. Click here for an online cemetery map.

 

Driving Directions

 

To access the cemetery from Kamsack, travel south on Highway No. 8 for 9 miles (14.5 km). Then turn east on Poplar Point Road and continue for 4 miles (6.4 km). Turn north and travel a 1/2 mile (.9 km) on the gravel road. To access the cemetery from Runnymede, travel south on the gravel road for 5 miles (8.1 km). Then turn west on Secondary Route No. 357 for 3 miles (4.8 km). Turn north on the gravel road and continue for 2 1/2 miles (4 km). The cemetery is on the west side of the road, approximately 100 yards (91 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

                 

Dootoff *

 

Fyodor F.

 

1883

 

Sep. 22, 1938

 

Died - age 55 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gritchin *   Anna P.   May 25, 1850   Jun. 8, 1926    

Gritchin *

 

Dunya F.

 

1869

 

1931

 

 

Gritchin *   Ivan P.   Jun. 14, 1903   Nov. 11, 1918    

Gritchin *

 

Peter N.

 

1870

 

May 22, 1925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lebedoff   Tania A.   1885   Jan. 14, 1935   No Marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moojelski   Annie M.   1872   Jan. 1, 1929   No Marker
Moojelsky   Anna N.   1883   Aug. 28, 1945    
                 

Ogloff *

 

Malanya F.

 

1866

 

Jan. 11, 1932

 

 

Ogloff *

 

N.N.

 

1863

 

1949

 

 

Ogloff *

 

Wasyl N.

 

1894

 

1933

 

Died - age 39 years.

 

*Translated from Russian.

 

In addition, the following families resided in Vossianiye village and may have members buried in Vossianiye Cemetery: Evdokimoff, Fominoff, Gleboff, Hadikin, Herasimoff, Hoolaeff, Koftinoff, Lavrenchenkoff, Lebedeff, Moojelsky, Ostrikoff, Parkin, Samsonoff, Swetlikoff, Zubkoff.

 


 

View of the cemetery from the south facing north. Note the dense brush.
View of the cemetery entrance from the east facing west. Note it is overgrown.

 


 

Notes

 

Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions and death certificates. Special thanks to Mike Popoff and Fred Dubasov for assisting in locating the cemetery. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Vossianiye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.