Righteous Simeon of Verkhoturye was born at the beginning of the 17th century in the European part of Russia, into a family of pious nobles, but he hid his origin and led a humble life as a poor man. He knew how to sew fur coats well and, bypassing the villages, worked in the houses of the peasants, not accepting any remuneration for his work. To avoid praise for his work, the righteous Simeon left it unfinished and left the customers. For this, he had to endure insults and even beatings, but he accepted them with humility and prayed for his offenders. Thus he attained perfect humility and non-acquisitiveness.
The ascetic traveled a lot, but most often he lived in the churchyard of the village of Merkushinsky near the city of Verkhoturye (today a city in the Sverdlovsk region). His conversations were that fertile seed from which the abundant fruits of the spirit gradually grew in the Urals and Siberia, where the monk is especially revered. Saint Simeon prayed much for the strengthening in the faith of the newly enlightened inhabitants of Siberia. The ascetic combined his prayer with the feat of kneeling on a stone in the dense taiga.
Ten versts from Merkushin, on the banks of the Tura River, the ascetic had a secluded place where he fished, for this reminded him of the disciples of Christ, whose work he continued, instructing the local residents in the true faith. But here, too, he showed abstinence: he caught exactly as much fish as he needed for daily food.