Andrew David BARGUSS (1869–1930)
His wife Mrs Bertha Annie BARGUSS, née Haynes (1858–1928)
St Paul section: Row 20, Grave E21½

Andrew & Bertha Barguss




Andrew David Barguss was born in St Aldate’s, Oxford near the beginning of 1869 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 4 April. He was the son of William Barguss (born in Burcot in c.1833) and his wife Ann (born in Buckinghamshire in c.1830), and the nephew of the cab proprietor Jesse Barguss.

His parents had seven children: Matthew George (1856), Annie (1858), William (1861, died aged 14 months), Harriett (1863, died aged one month), Charlotte Jane (1863), John William (1867), and Andrew himself (1869). They were all baptised at St Aldate’s Church, starting with Matthew on Christmas Day 1859, when he was three years old.

At the time of the 1861 census Andrew’s father William (28) was working as a flyman in Oxford and living at 5 Westminster Hall Court, St Aldate’s with his wife Ann (30) and their first two children Annie (2) and William (one month).

In June 1869, when Andrew was just a few months old, his father died at the age of 36, and was buried at Osney Cemetery on 25 June.

At the time of the 1871 census Andrew’s mother Ann was working as a seamstress and living with her five surviving children and a lodger at Green Dragon Yard, St Aldate’s.

In 1881 she was living at 23 Thames Street and working as a charwoman, with her two youngest sons still at home: John William (14), who was an apprentice to a carpenter, and Andrew himself (12), who was still at school. Andrew’s two sisters were both in service: Annie (22) was working as a general servant to a college cook who lived at 55 St John Street, and Charlotte was the kitchenmaid in the household of James Bellamy, President of St John’s College.

By 1891, Mrs Barguss had moved to 96 Cardigan Street, and was still working as a charwoman. Two unmarried sons were at home with her: (Matthew) George (34) and Andrew himself (22). Both were working as cab drivers, possibly for their uncle.

Bertha Annie Haynes was born at Horton-cum-Studley in 1868 and baptised at Beckley Church on 5 April. She was the daughter of Jacob Haynes (born in Horton-cum-Studley in 1840/1) and his wife Jane (born in Murcot or Noke in 1841/2).

At the time of the 1871 census Bertha (3) was living with her parents and her older sister Ellen Amelia (8) at Bicester Road, Horton-cum-Studley, and her father was then an agricultural labourer. Her brother Oliver was born near the beginning of 1872.

Bertha’s mother Jane died at the age of 38 near the beginning of 1880, around the time she gave birth to her youngest child, Arthur William. At the time of the 1881 census the family was living at Fencot, and Bertha’s father was now a farmer of 25 acres employing one man. Bertha (13) and her older sister Ellen (18) were in charge of what had presumably been their mother’s grocery shop, and doubtless also had to help look after their two younger brothers, Oliver (9) and Arthur (1). In 1884 Bertha’s father married again, and he had five more children by his new wife, Eliza Coggins, before he died at the age of 54 in 1894.

Bertha was sent out to service in Oxford, and at the time of the 1891 census she was the domestic servant of the pork butcher & bacon curer Nicholas Hughes, who lived with his wife and young family at 55 Iffley Road.

On 6 August 1893 at St Barnabas’s Church, Andrew David Barguss (24) married Bertha Annie Haynes (25), and they had four children:

  • Percy Andrew Barguss (born at 16 Cardigan Street on 30 October 1894 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 14 December)
  • Ernest William Barguss (born at 7 Cardigan Street on 24 May 1896 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 14 August)
  • Arthur John George Barguss (born at 7 Cardigan Street on 7 November 1897 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 14 January 1898)
  • Ivy Annie Barguss (born at 7 Cardigan Street on 15 May 1900 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 18 July).

They appear to have been living at 16 Cardigan Street when their first child was baptised in 1894, but by 1896 they were living at 7 Cardigan Street. Andrew (32) and Bertha (33) can been seen at the latter address in the 1901 census with their four children and their niece Rose Kirtland (4). Andrew was a cab driver, and another cab-driver, Francis Weeks (31), was boarding with the family.

Andrew’s mother Mary Ann Barguss died at 26 Plantation Road (the home of her husband’s brother, Jesse Barguss) in November 1910 and was buried in her husband’s grave in Osney Cemetery (hence her burial is recorded in the parish register of St Aldate’s Church).

Andrew & Bertha Barguss were still living at 7 Cardigan Street at the time of the 1911 census with Ernest (14) who was described as a student, and Arthur (13) and Ivy (10) who were still at school, and there was also a nurse-child, Norah Maclean (2), who had been born in Leeds. Andrew was now working on his own account and described as a cab proprietor. Percy (16) was lodging at 44 Wells Road, Acton with his uncle and aunt George & Rose Sherman and working as a clerk in the Civil Service.

By 1915 Andrew & Bertha Barguss had moved to 17 Cranham Terrace in 1915, and by the late 1920s they were at 50 Juxon Street.

Mrs Barguss died in 1928:

† Mrs Bertha Annie Barguss née Haynes died at 50 Juxon Street at the age of 60 on 30 July 1928 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 1 August (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).

Her husband Andrew Barguss died two years later:

† Andrew David Barguss died at 50 Juxon Street at the age of 62 on 24 September 1930 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 September (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).

His effects came to £640 16s. 8d. Probate was granted to his son Percy, who was still a civil servant.

Children of Andrew & Bertha Barguss
  • Percy Andrew Barguss (born 1894) married Maud A. Finch in the Wandsworth district in the third quarter of 1932.
  • Ernest William Barguss (born 1896) married Gladys M. Copsey in the Headington registration district in the fourth quarter of 1924.
  • Arthur John George Barguss (born 1897) married Dorothy M. Vickers in the Fylde area in the first quarter of 1922. He died in the Blackpool area at the age of 70 in 1968.
  • Ivy Annie Barguss (born 1900) married Frederick W. Ker-Davis at St Paul's Church on 22 December 1928.



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