The following is a transcription of the Kirilovka Doukhobor Cemetery located 4 miles west of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Buchanan No. 304. Land location: NW 7-32-6 West of Second. Latitude: 51°43.997 . Longitude: 102°51.307. Transcribed October 2, 2004 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff. Updated September 9, 2006.
View of the cemetery from the east facing west. Note it is overgrown with grass.
Kirilovka Cemetery was established in 1902 by the Doukhobors of Kirilovka village. After the abandonment of the village in 1911, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1940’s. It is no longer in active use and is partially overgrown. The cemetery is privately owned.
The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is an open gate on the west side. The cemetery contains approximately 100 interments in a single section comprised of ten rows facing east-west. The majority of graves (94) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates to identify nine of these. The remaining 88 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.
To access the cemetery, travel west from Buchanan on Highway No. 5 for four miles (6.4 km). Then turn north and continue on the gravel road for 1/2 mile (.8 km). The cemetery is on the east side of the road, approximately 120 yards (110 m) from the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
|Surname||Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Comments|
|Barisenkoff||James W.||1862||1936||No Marker|
|Novakshonoff||Dorothy S.||Oct. 20, 1847||Jul. 18, 1918||Wife of Michael|
|Novakshonoff||Michael E.||Aug. 19, 1848||Apr. 12, 1942|
|Popoff||Axenia W.||1859||1929||No Marker|
|Popoff||John D.||1843||1928||No Marker|
|Popoff||Lawrence||Nov. 11, 1939||Nov. 27, 1939||No Marker|
|Shukin||Peter W.||Jul. 1871||Aug. 13, 1945||No Marker|
|Shukin||Tatiana||1895||1958||Wife of Peter|
|Sookochoff||baby||Jul. 31, 1930||Aug. 1, 1930||Son of John & Annie – No Marker|
|Sookochoff||Mable W.||1861||1927||No Marker|
|Sookochoff||Joe W.||Mar. 20, 1925||Jan. 17, 1928||Son of John & Annie – No Marker|
|Wishlow *||Agafia N.||–||Feb. 24, 1937|
|Wishlow||Peter F.||Sep. 24, 1946||Aug. 7, 1947||No Marker|
*Translated from Russian.
In addition, the following families resided in Kirilovka village and may have members buried in Kirilovka Cemetery: Barisoff, Dergousoff, Horkoff, Novokshonoff, Ogloff, Poohachoff, Popoff, Rilkoff, Samorodin, Sherstobitoff, Shiloff, Shukin, Sookachoff, Swetlishnoff, Voikin, Wishlow.
View of the cemetery from the road facing east. It is located on a bluff 120 yards from the road.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions and death certificates. 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 Kirilovka Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.