Moiseyevo Cemetery – Buchanan District, Saskatchewan

The following is a transcription of the Moiseyevo Doukhobor Cemetery located 3 miles south-west of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Buchanan No. 304. Land location: SE 21-31-6 West of Second. Latitude: 51°40.021. Longitude: 102°47.661. 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 north facing south. It lies in the midst of pasture land.  

Historical Background

Moiseyevo (aka Khristianovka) Cemetery was established in 1902 by the Doukhobors of Moiseyevo (aka Khristianovka) village. After the abandonment of the village in 1917, 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 and the stones were put back in place. The cemetery is privately owned by the Crown.  


The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is no gate. The cemetery contains approximately 100 interments in a single section comprised of eleven rows facing east-west. The majority of graves (92) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify nine of these. The remaining 84 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 from Buchanan on Highway No. 47 for 1 3/4 miles (2.8 km). Then turn west and continue on the gravel road for 1 1/2 miles (2.4 km). The cemetery is on the south side of the road, approximately 200 yards (182 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
Barowsky Alexander A. 1857 1908 Mill Operator – No Marker
Burnson Helen J. Apr. 8, 1911 Dec. 29, 1936 Nee Sookochoff – No Marker
Demosky Alex M. 1864 1934 No Marker
Demosky Annie G. 1867 Dec. 29, 1937 Nee Dorofaeff – No Marker
Fofonoff Mary 1850 1938 No Marker
Kalmakoff Fotei D. 1850 1908 Mill Operator – No Marker
Shirstabitoff Maria Aug. 28, 1888 Nov. 14, 1918 Wife of Sam
Shirstabitoff Wasil S. Jan. 16, 1909 Jul. 26, 1913 Child of Sam and Mary
Sookochoff Cyril J. 1938 1938 Son of John and Lillian – No Marker
Sookochoff John F. 1865 March 11, 1917 Died – age 52 years
Strelioff * Agafia S. 1884 Oct. 1934
Strelioff * Evdokim G. Mar. 1, 1889 Nov. 12, 1918
Strelioff * Grigory E. May 13, 1917 Nov. 14, 1918
Strelioff Grigory V. May 6, 1861 Jun. 5, 1935 No Marker
Strelioff Polly A. 1847 Feb. 9, 1940 No Marker
Strelioff * Vakul V. Mar. 25, 1832 Nov. 18, 1918
Terichow John W. 1915 Nov. 10, 1918 Died – age 3 years

*Translated from Russian.

In addition, the following families resided in Moiseyevo village and may have members buried in Moiseyevo Cemetery: Androsoff, Barowsky, Chutskoff, Demosky, Fedosoff, Fofanoff, Kalmakoff, Kolesnikoff, Maloff, Negraeff, Ostoforoff, Popoff, Rebalkin, Sherstobitoff, Shukin, Sookocheff, Strelieff, Tomilin, Voikin, Wishloff.

View of the cemetery site. Note it is overgrown with grass.

View of the cemetery from the south-east facing north-west.


Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. Special thanks to Lauralee Nogue for her work in preserving this cemetery and in identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Moiseyevo Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.