Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Wasyl Demosky

Wasyl Demosky gravemarker
Wasyl Demosky gravemarker

Wasyl Demosky was my husband’s paternal grandfather. He died on 12 September 1933, eighty years ago this Thursday. He was buried two days later in Tolstoy Doukhobor Cemetery, just north of Veregin, Saskatchewan. I wrote a brief article about him last year.

Although Wasyl’s surname is spelled “Demoskoff” on his grave, his name was Demosky. I suspect that his younger sons George and William (who changed their name from Demosky to Demoskoff in 1940) were the ones who modified their father’s name when a marker was chosen.

Wasyl’s gravemarker reads:

DEMOSKOFF
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WASYL M.
1883 – 1933
AT REST

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, a very exciting find indeed, and one that my hubby's family know all to well with the many various ways they spelled their family name, that even his great-grandfather, actually changed the name completely!

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    1. I hear you, Karen :) Our ancestors whose names were changed along the way can certainly make it challenging for us to find them or know for sure if we have the right people.

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