According to a duplicate copy of his death certificate from the bureau of vitas Statistics, California State Board of Health, he was born September 12, 1848, in Ohio to Jacob Sponsler, who was born in Germany, and Charity Hall, who was born in Maryland. He died April 23, 1914 of acute Brights Disease in Vasalia, California. He was buried April 24, 1914 in Visalia Cemetery. His age was 65 years, 5 months, and 11 days. He was a farmer.