The following is a transcription of the Tolstoy Doukhobor Cemetery located 8 miles north of Veregin, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Keys No. 303. Land location: NW 27-31-1 West of Second. Latitude: 51°41.543. Longitude: 102°03.928. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff on July 11, 2004.
View from the southwest of the cemetery facing northeast.
Tolstoy Cemetery was established in 1918 by Independent Doukhobors living in the district north of Veregin, Saskatchewan. It was incorporated as Tolstoy Cemetery Company in 1922. It was named after Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1920), Russian novelist, social reformer and benefactor of the Doukhobors. Several Ukrainian and Czechoslovakian settlers are also buried in the cemetery. The cemetery is still in active use today and is privately owned. It is well maintained.
The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is an iron gate on the north side and an open gate on the east side. The cemetery contains 71 interments in a single section comprised of ten rows facing east-west. Five of the graves have no marker and the mounds have been leveled. There are considerable gaps between the marked graves which would suggest many additional unmarked graves, however, it would appear that most of these are empty spaces between family plots. 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 north from the junction of Highway No. 5 and the Village of Veregin Exit on gravel Secondary Route No. 637 for 7 3/4 miles (12.5 km). Then turn west and continue on the gravel road for 1/2 mile (.8 km). The cemetery is on the south side of 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|
|Barisinkoff||Clark H.||Aug. 12, 1935||Dec. 14, 1935||No Marker|
|Barisinkoff||John J.||1862||May 17, 1947||No Marker|
|Chikmaroff||Polly||Apr. 25, 1889||Dec. 6, 1939||Wife of Paul|
|Chikmaroff||Una||Jul. 4, 1921||May 17, 1946||Daughter of Paul and Polly|
|Chutskoff||Fred F.||1857||Mar. 2, 1945||No Marker|
|Chutskoff||Molly F.||Apr. 15, 1880||Feb. 14, 1963|
|Chutskoff||Walter||Aug. 11, 1929||Jan. 23, 1930|
|Horkoff||Alexandria M.||1873||Sep. 24, 1930|
|Horkoff||Anastasia D.||1882||1950||Wife of Michael|
|Horkoff||Dora J.||Jun. 19, 1918||Jan. 15, 1942|
|Horkoff||Martha A.||1872||Sep. 1918||Wife of Alexandria|
|Horkoff||(child)||–||–||Grandson of Michael|
|Khoptiy||Grinko||–||–||Marker badly deteriorated|
|Konkin||Alexei W.||1851||Jun. 25, 1935|
|Konkin||George F.||Jun. 26, 1926||Sep. 7, 1929|
|Konkin||Paula||1852||Sep. 15, 1939|
|Konkin||Peter F.||1904||Feb. 22, 1926|
|Konkin||Peter W.||Jun. 29, 1915||Nov. 27, 1922|
|Konkin||Wasyl F.||Sep. 16, 1921||Aug. 24, 1929|
|Kuzma||Andrew||Sep. 18, 1870||Apr. 6, 1940|
|Paluck||Ludwina||1861||Nov. 21, 1940||Wife of Semko|
|Paluck||Semko||1857||Jun. 19, 1943|
|Popoff||Annie M.||1909||Apr. 21, 1937|
|Popoff||John N.||1892||Apr. 21, 1937|
|Rieben||Anastasia K.||Aug. 18, 1871||Jun. 25, 1946|
|Rieben||Michael J.||Dec. 19, 1889||Jul. 19, 1942|
|Rieben||Wasilisa S.||Apr. 25, 1890||Jul. 18, 1976|
|Rieben||Wasyl M.||Aug. 11, 1912||Jun. 10, 1941|
|Salikin||Mary||Apr. 15, 1869||Apr. 24, 1948|
|Salikin||Simeon F.||Aug. 15, 1869||Apr. 17, 1943|
|Verigin||Prokofey F.||1878||Sep. 24, 1941|
|Yastremski||Anastasia||1882||1976||Wife of Pavel|
|Zaitsoff||Tania||1887||May 11, 1937||No Marker|
|Zbeetnoff||George W.||1868||Apr. 10, 1923|
View of the cemetery gate from the north facing south.
View of the cemetery from the north-west facing south-east.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. I have photos for most 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 Tolstoy Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.