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: 51°26.519. Longitude: 101°47.040. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Ron Tetoff on August 13, 2005.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.