Kirilovka Cemetery – Buchanan District, Saskatchewan

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.  

Historical Background

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.

Driving Directions

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
Fofonoff Polly J. 1881 1944
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 Peter P. 1895 1953
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.