Pokrovskoye Cemetery – Arran District, Saskatchewan

The following is a transcription of the Pokrovskoye Doukhobor Cemetery located 5 miles northeast of Arran, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Livingston No. 331. Land location: SW 21-34-30 West of First. Latitude: 51°55.776. Longitude: 101°39.913. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred Petroff and George Negrave on September 2, 2006.

View of the cemetery from the west facing east.

Historical Background

Pokrovskoye Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Pokrovskoye village near Arran. After the abandonment of the village in 1917, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1930’s. It is no longer in active use and is partially overgrown. It is privately owned.  


The cemetery is approximately half an acre in size and is unenclosed. The cemetery contains approximately 30 interments in a single section comprised of four rows facing east-west. The vast majority of graves (27) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates to identify one of these. The remaining unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain, inscribed field-stone markers. Click here for an online cemetery map.

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery, travel north from the junction of Highway No. 49 and the Village of Arran Exit for 4 miles (6.4 km).  Then turn east on the grid road and continue for 2 1/2 miles (4.0 km) until you reach the bend in the road. The cemetery is 1/2 mile (.8 km) south of the grid road, and can only be accessed by crossing the adjacent 1/4 sections to the north or east.  This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.


Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Chernoff * Avdotia N. Apr. 12, 1906
Efonoff baby Oct. 6, 1933 Oct. 6, 1933 Child of George & Dora – No Marker
Kurbatoff * 1902  
Maloff * Ivan M. 1902

*Translated from Russian.

In addition, the following families resided in Pokrovskoye village and may have members buried in Pokrovskoye Cemetery: Babaeff, Barabanoff, Chernenkoff, Chernoff, Hlookoff, Holoboff, Kinakin, Kurbatoff, Maloff, Miroshnikoff, Nichvolodoff, Popoff, Poznikoff, Repin, Sherstobitoff, Trofimenkoff, Wasilenkoff, Woykin.

Another view of the cemetery from the south facing north.

One of the several inscribed fieldstone markers at the cemetery.


Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including: marker transcriptions and death certificates. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Pokrovskoye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.