Trinity (Troitskoe) Cemetery – Blaine Lake District, Saskatchewan

The following is a transcription of Trinity Doukhobor Cemetery located 7 miles southwest of Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Blaine Lake No. 434. Land location: SW 2-44-7 West of Third. Latitude: 52°45.693. Longitude: 106°55.410. Transcribed by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff on July 27, 2006. 

View of the cemetery from the southwest facing northeast.

Historical Background

Troitskoye Cemetery, as it was originally known, was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Troitskoye village near Blaine Lake. Following the abandonment of the village in 1917, the cemetery continued to be used by Doukhobors living in the Trinity School District No. 2404 (1909-1960). For this reason, it came to be known as Trinity Cemetery. It is still in active use today.  It is privately owned and is maintained by a cemetery committee. The cemetery is in good condition.


The cemetery is one acre in size and is enclosed by a wire fence. There is an iron gate on the west side. The cemetery contains approximately 80 interments in a single section comprised of six rows facing east-west. Approximately half the graves (40) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. These remain unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain slate, marble or concrete upright headstones or flat markers set flush to the ground. Click here for an online cemetery map.

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery, travel south from the Town of Blaine Lake on Highway No. 12 for 7 miles (11.3 km). Turn west on Township Road No. 434 and continue for 2 miles (3.2 km). Then turn north on Range Road No. 3072 and continue for 2 1/4 miles (3.6 km). The cemetery is on the east 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
Babchuk Stella 1909 2002
Chernoff Dasha 1876 1951 Wife of George
Chernoff George M. 1874 1965
Chernoff Misha 1829 Apr. 25, 1927 No Marker
Kulick Bill (Wasyl) 1885 1956
Lamers Mary Elaine Nov. 14, 1917 Aug. 15, 2004
Nichwolodoff Alexey J. 1879 1942
Papove Matvay F. 1866 1946
Papove Parania 1836 1917  
Popoff Anastasia 1893 1971  
Popoff Anastasia N. 1872 Jan. 14, 1957  
Popoff Arthur May 18, 1936 Sep. 18, 1936 No Marker
Popoff Emma S. 1902 1989 Nee Kalesnikoff
Popoff Fred W. Jun. 29, 1893 May 31, 1961  
Popoff* F.W. Oct. 1, 1863 Aug. 10, 1935  
Popoff George W. 1878 Dec. 1962
Popoff Harry M. Apr. 12, 1900 Apr. 15, 1953
Popoff Helen 1912 1992 Wife of William – Nee Tkachuk
Popoff Malanya No Marker
Popoff Masha 1873 Apr. 20, 1958 Wife of Michael – Nee Popoff
Popoff* Michael V. 1875 Jan. 8, 1950  
Popoff Mike G. Apr. 27, 1901 Oct. 9, 1927  
Popoff Nasta A. 1869 1954 Wife of Nick – Nee Vereschagin
Popoff Nick F. 1862 1948  
Popoff Nick F. 1921 1973  
Popoff Parania 1881 May 1956 Wife of George
Popoff* Pelagea 1871 1947  
Popoff Sam J. Mar. 2, 1895 1987  
Popoff Walter H. 1927 1971
Popoff William M. Feb. 25, 1909 1988
Reban Hanna N. 1891 1979 Wife of Peter – Nee Popoff
Reban Peter A. 1891 1976
Riben John P. 1914 1974  
Riben William P. 1916 1964  
Strelioff Mary 1874 1950 Wife of Nick
Strelioff Nick 1872 1949
Vereshagin Alexander T. 1914 1974  
Vereshagin Polly F. 1889 1970 Wife of Timothy – Nee Popoff
Vereshagin Timothy W. 1889 1968
Voikin Nicholas M. 1877 Apr. 1918

*Translated from Russian.

View of the cemetery from the southeast facing northwest.


Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information including marker transcriptions. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. Special thanks to Carrie E. Stevenson for assisting in identifying additional interments. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Trinity (Troitskoe) Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.