Johannes Eduard Ounpuu

Johannes Eduard Ounpuu

Male 1896 - 1979  (82 years)

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  • Name Johannes Eduard Ounpuu  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 25 Nov 1896  , Mustjala Co., Saaremaa Is., Estonia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Address 1923  Waterville, , Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jean Gallson born here 
    Address 1925  Wauchula, Hardee Co., Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Joan Gallson born here 
    Address 1927  Zolpho Springs, Hardee Co., Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Phil Gallson born here 
    Address 1928  Binghamton, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Listed in City Directory as "tanner" 
    Memberships Royal Canadian Legion 
    Name John Gallson 
    Occupation Lumberjack/Farmer 
    Buried Mar 1979  Pinehill Cem., Mattawa, Nipissing Dist., ON, Can Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 24 Mar 1979  North Bay, Nipissing Dist., ON, Can Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I776  OneTree | Ancestors of Florence Maud Peters, Ancestors of Johannes Ounpuu, Descendants of John Gallson
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2018 

    Father Mihkel Ounpuu,   b. 7 Oct 1865, , Mustjala Co., Saaremaa Is., Estonia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950, , Mustjala Co., Saaremaa Is., Estonia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Leenaga Toompuu,   b. 20 Jan 1876, , Mustjala Co., Saaremaa Is., Estonia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1932, Estonia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1895  , Mustjala Co., Saaremaa Is., Estonia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Florence Maud Peters,   b. 21 Nov 1897, Kensington, London, Middlesex, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1960, St. Thomas, , ON, Can Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1922  Manhattan Town, New York, , New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Jeanette Ellen Gallson
     2. Joan Vera Gallson,   b. 4 Jan 1925, Wauchula, Hardee Co., Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 2017, Huntsville, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Phillip John Gallson,   b. 18 Mar 1927, Zolpho Springs, Hardee Co., Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 2014, Lancaster, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F273  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary (Margaret) Morrison,   b. Abt 1910, , Oshawa, , ON Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1990, , Mattawa, , ON Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married Abt 1976  , Mattawa, , ON Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James "Jimmy" Gallson,   b. 1932
     2. Barbara Louise Gallson
     3. Hilda Gallson,   b. 18 Sep 1937,   d. 8 Oct 2018, North Bay, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. May Gallson, "Maysie"
     5. Elizabeth "Betty" Anne Gallson
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Nov 1896 - , Mustjala Co., Saaremaa Is., Estonia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - Jean Gallson born here - 1923 - Waterville, , Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - Joan Gallson born here - 1925 - Wauchula, Hardee Co., Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - Phil Gallson born here - 1927 - Zolpho Springs, Hardee Co., Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Mar 1979 - North Bay, Nipissing Dist., ON, Can Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Johannes Ounpuu (John Gallson)
    Johannes Ounpuu (John Gallson)

    Documents
    Binghamton, NY,USA - City Directory 1928
    Binghamton, NY,USA - City Directory 1928
    John Gallson with wife Flora, at 200 North. John is a "tanner".

    Histories
    Possible reason for exodus from Florida to Canada
    Possible reason for exodus from Florida to Canada
    Donna sent this to me in an email in 2014.

    Albums
    Grandfather John Gallson
    Grandfather John Gallson (120)

  • Notes 
    • John's birthplace, Saaremaa, is the largest island on Estonia's western coast. It used to be a province in free Estonia, and its capital city was Kuressaare. Estonia had many foreign occupations, and each of them renamed the cities. The Germans renamed Kuressaare to Arensburg and it was called that in many foreign atlases. The Russians called it Kingissepa. Now it is back to Kuressaare again. "Saaremaa" in Estonian means island. Mustjala is a well known county on Saaremaa, and it has its own church and parish. One can well understand the helter skelter of John Gallson's documents. In his time, Estonia was Russia's province, as well as Latvia and Lithuania. In those times Estonia and half of Latvia were sometimes referred to as Lifland, or "Luuimaa" in Estonian. Estonians are closely related to the Finns. In fact, the two can almost talk to each other. The archives is at the University of Tartu. In their records, John was born Johannes Ounpuu on November 25, 1896. There is no indication that John had a second given name at birth.

      John left his home at the age of 16 and lived a short while in Tallinn, Estonia, before he stowed himself away on a British ship bond for England. Once out of Estonia, he fabricated the name Gaallson and changed Johannes to John. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on March 10, 1916 and was assigned #754360. Under "Occupation" he wrote Lumberjack/Farmer. At the time of his enlistment, he was 5' 9", had a 35" girth with a 2" expansion range, had fair complexion, light blue eyes, and fair hair. He reported himself as being Roman Catholic. Upon his discharge, he had his regimental number tattoo'd on his right forearm and he had a scar on his scalp.

      On August 8, 1916, he sailed from Halifax on the S.S. Metagama, and while serving in France, he reported his home address as being Webbwood and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. John also served time in Belgium. During his service, his name was shortened from Gaallson to Gallson. His overseas unit was the 119th Overseas Battalion C.E.F., although while in France he was with the 52nd Battalion, where he was wounded at Paschendale, after which he spent a couple of months in an England hospital. He joined the Sixth Infantry in 1919. John separated from the Canadian Army in January of 1919. I have a photograph of him with two women and another man dated Oct 1919 taken in Toronto, Ontario.

      On December 18, 1920, he joined the Howitzer Company, 6th Infantry at Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, receiving a $90.00 bonus for electing to take travel pay to Wheeling, West Virginia. He signed on for three years and may have spent time at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, sometime around May 10, 1921. However, due to cutbacks ("reduction of the army"), John was Honourably Discharged on July 9, 1921, serving only seven months. His papers state: "This soldier elects to take travel pay to Wheeling, West Virginia." The document is signed by the commanding officer of the Howitzer Company. The documents also record his character as being excellent. Unfortunately, there are no U.S. military records for they would have been destroyed in a July 12, 1973 fire where the records were stored.

      He received the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his World War I services. These medals were donated to the Royal Canadian Legion in Mattawa for display. He was a life member of the 254 Branch.

      By November 15, 1921 his address was 165 East 128th St., NY, NY. On March 7, 1922, he married Florence M. Peters in the Manhattan City Hall. His address at this time was R.F.D.#1, Paterson, NJ. Their first child, Jean was born in January 1923 in Waterville, Maine. Their second child, Joan was born in January 1925 in Wauchula, Florida. Phil, the youngest was born in March 1926 in Zolpha, Florida. John worked in the orchards there. There is also a photograph in the possession of Betty Chenier of John at the Louisville Military Base, Indiana. Also, he may have been at Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

      John lived in Widdifield Township, near North Bay, Ontario, with his wife and children until at least the time Florence was committed to a Toronto Mental Institution in 1929. The children were split into foster homes, but somehow John managed to get the back together. One theory is that he was brought together with a runaway pregnant single mother by the name of Mary Morrison through the assistance of the government Social Services. Mary would be his housekeeper and take care of his children in exchange for room and board and John taking care of her children. John and Mary with the four children established themselves in Mattawa, Ontario.

      John and Mary had five more children together. While John worked in the bush country as a lumberjack, he ignored the pleas of his three children who told him of the physical and mental abuse that they were enduring under Mary's "parentage." This only resulted in an escalation of the abuse once John went back into the bush.

      Mary forbade John to speak his native language, forcing him to correspond with his Estonian family in secret. When his brother begged to be sponsored to come to Canada, she would not allow it. Mary also destroyed any traces of Florence's existence. She burned letters from St. Thomas Hospital, where Florence was committed, even burning the final notice of Florence's death in 1960.

      In 1948, John left Mary and children, secretly working 27 miles out of Sault Ste. Marie on Highway 17 as a lumberjack. He corresponded with Joan and Jean during his stay there. In a November letter to Joan, he wrote that the weather was rainy and snowy making "the bush...here...muddy. I don't yet (know) how they (are) going to saw them logs with all that mud on them. I've been working day work for some time ... the bush is not much good for jobbing...." On the weekends, he would go to the Soo to "take in a Show in the afternoon" and catch the 5 p.m. bus back to the camp, which cost him 60 cents. He was very serious about not being recognized. He wrote, "...I guess I could come to your place alright no body knows me around there, but I supposed it would soon get around..." On Dec 17th, he wrote that "everybody nearly is going home only 27 miles from Soo, so its not far to go, if anyone has home to go for..." Joan had sent him a shirt for Christmas and he in turn sent money for her to buy the kids Christmas gifts. He signed off "...very happy Xmas & New year...Paw".

      It is also thought that during this time he visited Florence in St. Thomas and from what I understand, he actually had visited her several times.

      He likely was not away for long, because in 1950, Donald, the child Mary had when she first came to live with John, was killed in a car accident. I cannot imagine my grandfather staying absent throughout this tragedy.

      Around 1975, he left again and lived in a rooming house in Mattawa. During this time, Mary and John were officially married, probably for legal and inheritance purposes. When Jean went to visit him, she found him unclean and underfed, so took him in to live with her in North Bay and he was there until his death.

      John is buried at Pinehill Cemetery in Mattawa, Row D, #9, beside Donald.

      INFORMATION SENT TO DONNA RE: GRAMPA'S ARMY RECORDS:

      GG had his regimental number tattooed on his right forearm
      When discharged Jan 7, 1919 he intended on living at Gen Del, Sault Ste Marie, Ont
      Throughout his stay in England after being discharged from the hospital for his s/w until returning to Canada - in and out of hospital X2 for VD - Canadian Hospital, Etchinghill, Lyminge
      In early Oct 1916 he was in Mil hospital for parotiditis(or mumps) and rubella.
      Handwritten notes "Medical Case Sheet"
      Wounded (S.W.) head (scalp) 26-X-17 (Oct 26, 1917), bone just grooved. no cerebral (****) f.b. removed. ** cleaned - *****. wound books clean. healing. signed A Deane
      De Walden Court, Eastbourne Hos: Oct - 29th, 1917
      Eastbourne Nov. 4, 1917
      Red X Hosp, Cantelope Rd. Beahill *** Nov 5, 1917
      Nov 6, 1917 - wound of R mid-parietal region, large enough to hold a pidgeon's egg. Bottom of wound slightly ******* sides healthy. Filled up with ***** Man ****** & slow of speach, does not complain of headache. Eye movements of pupils normal. signed A. Hill Joseph
      Nov 10, 1917 - A.T.S. 500 units
      Nov 17, 1917 - wound healing rapidly under BIP: Allowed to go out
      Nov 18, 1917 - A.T.S. 500 units
      Nov 26, 1917 - wound quite healed
      Dec 12, 1917 - wound has healed up nicely. This man is of Scandinavian origin and slow in understading English which makes him appear at time to be mentally dull. signed A. Hill Joseph MD
      Dec 13, 1917 transferred No. 14 Canadian, Gen Hosp, Meads, Eastbourne, Sussex
      Discharged - Dec 21, 1917.
      Will dated Oct 26, 1916 - bequeath all his real estae and personal estate to:
      Miss Gladys Hall, 83 Blackfriars Road, London, England. Witnessed by T.H.McAdam, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont - Stationer and S.W.Archibald, Sergt, Seaforth, Ont - Teacher
      Nov 15, 1921 - Change of Address: 165 East 128th St., New York, N.Y. with a note "cannot locate"
      May 10, 1921 - Change of Address: Howitzer Co. 6th Inf., Camp Jackson, S.C.
      Dec. 14, 1918 - arrived Halifax , ship name - Olympic
      From Aug 1916 to July 1918 - there was an assignment of his pay ($15/mo) to Mr. M. Ounper, Arensburg, Mustel, Pahapella, Russia. - relationship - Foreign
      On the same sheet of paper - his father is Mech Gaallson, Arnsburg, Pahapella, Russia

  • Sources 
    1. [S148] Canadian Armed Forces Records.

    2. [S146] Ounpuu, Kaido; personal letters.

    3. [S90] Smith-Miklautsch, Joan.

    4. [S149] Howard, Hilda.

    5. [S150] Gallson, Phillip.

    6. [S145] Estonian Registry Office via Archives in Tallinna.

    7. [S357] Binghamton 1928.

    8. [S151] North Bay Nugget.

    9. [S26] Marriage Registration - John Gallson and Florence Peters, (Manhattan, New York, USA).