Tikhomirnoye Cemetery – Arran District, Saskatchewan

The following is a transcription of the Tikhomirnoye Doukhobor Cemetery located 5 miles south-east of Arran, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of St. Philips No. 301. Land location: SE 28-33-30 West of First. Latitude: 51°51.406. Longitude: 101°39.469. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with George Negrave on October 20, 2007.

View of the cemetery from the southwest facing northeast. It is located along the periphery of trees. Note the fallen headstone (centre).

Historical Background

Tikhomirnoye Cemetery was established in 1902 by the Doukhobors of Tikhomirnoye village near Arran. After the abandonment of the village in 1917, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1940’s. It is no longer in active use and is badly overgrown. It is privately owned.  


The cemetery is approximately half an acre in size and is unenclosed. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains approximately 20 interments in a single section comprised of several rows facing east-west. The vast majority of graves (19) have no marker, however, some of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used death certificates to identify three of these. The remaining unmarked graves are unidentified. The single grave with a marker has a plain, upright slate headstone.

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery, travel east from Arran on Highway No. 49 for 3 miles (4.8 km). Then turn south on the grid road and continue for 1 3/4 miles (2.8 km), crossing Bearhead Creek. Then turn west into the farmyard approach.  From the farmyard, continue on the dirt road as it bends north and west through a pasture for half a mile (0.8 km).  The cemetery is located at the edge of a bluff of trees, immediately south of Bearhead Creek. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.


Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Bawolin Andrew A. 1872 Jun. 8, 1943 No Marker
Bawolin Anna 1880 Aug. 4, 1942 No Marker
Bawolin* Stepanida A. Jun. 1912 Jun. 12, 1931  
Chernenkoff Alina P. 1873 Jan. 13, 1927 Nee Saprikin – No Marker

*Translated from Russian.

In addition, the following families resided in Tikhomirnoye village and may have members buried in Tikhomirnoye Cemetery: Bawoolin, Berikoff, Chernenkoff, Chikmaroff, Diachkoff, Gremakin, Gretchin, Halishoff, Kotoff, Koochin, Legebokoff, Lukianoff, Malakoff, Mahonin, Pankoff, Pictin, Saprikin, Zibin.

One of two headstones marking the site of Tikhomirnoye 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 Tikhomirnoye Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.