|This gravestone was found buried in Sargent Park. |
Kodiak's cemeteries have been moved repeatedly.
Did it belong to Artamon Kashevaroff? 75-9-1
John and Diane came to Kodiak specifically to learn more about their family history. During their visit, I accompanied them as they sought out Kashevaroff clues. Their journey to Kodiak resulted in the radio program "Kashevaroffs Coming Home," the first installment of the museum's new radio show, Way Back in Kodiak. This blog post isn't meant to rehash the information contained within the radio program, but rather to share photographs and supplementary information.
John's great great great grandfather, Artamon Kashevaroff, and great great grandfather, Filipp Kashevaroff, came to Kodiak from Russia on the famous vessel, the Three Saints. Also on board the Three Saints were Saint Herman and the first Russian Orthodox missionaries to come to Alaska.
|Chris Barreto, John and Diane Lovejoy, and Anjuli Grantham|
in the Diocesan Archive in Kodiak. The documents in hand
include Saint Innocent's journals, in which he writes about
the scholastic progress of some early Kashevaroffs.
|Peter and Mary Kashevaroff- or Petr and Mariia|
Kashevaroff- have a monument behind Holy
Filipp and Alexandra's son, Alexander Kashevaroff, was the most famous Alaskan Creole. He became a Russian explorer, the head of the Russian Navy's Hydrographic Department, and managed Russian-American Company outposts in Siberia. His brother, Peter Kashevaroff, became a priest. Peter stayed in Kodiak after the 1867 sale of Alaska to the US. He married Mariia Arkhimandritov, sister of Ilarion Arkhimandritov, captain of the bark Kad'yak. This was the same Kad'yak that was used to ship ice from Woody Island to San Francisco. It sunk in front of Spruce Island. Mariia and Ilarion's sister, Pariscovia, married the Lieutenant Governor of Russian-America, Vasilii Pavloff. He was in charge of the Kodiak District when Kodiak became American. In this one generation, three powerful Russian American families were united in marriage: the Kashevaroffs, the Arkhimandritovs, and the Pavloffs.
|Father Nicolai Kashevaroff's tomstone,|
Holy Resurrection Cathedral.
Father Nicolai's brother, Andrew (or Andrei), became founder of the Alaska State Museum. It was Father Andrew that collected the spruce root hat that is jointly owned by the Alutiiq Museum and the Anchorage Museum.
|John Lovejoy, with the spruce root hat that his grandfather|
Andrew Kashevaroff collected in the Prince William Sound.
The hat is jointly owned by the Alutiiq Museum and the
Father Andrei was a teetotaler, yet his daughters veered in the opposite direction. Xenia, Sasha, and Natalya became flappers, intimately involved in an avant-guard circle that included the likes of John Cage, Ed Ricketts, Jack Calvin, John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange, Joseph Campbell, and others. Much more can be said about Father Andrew, Father Nicolai, and the Kashevaroff family. For more information, please listen to "Kashevaroff's Coming Home," or contact the Baranov Museum.