C. BURTON SPRAGUE.
C. BURTON SPRAGUE was born in Ira November 5th, 1830. He is the youngest child
of Parmenas and Christina Sprague. His father was born in Saratoga county October 18th, 1781. His father was married
three times. His first wife, Rebecca Nobles, was born February 19th, 1787. They married February 14th, 1804. She
died December 2d, 1807. By this wife he had three daughters.
His second wife, Mary A. Potter, was born July 4th, 1787; married April 30th, 1809. She died October 9th, 1828.
By her he had seven children- five girls and two boys. His third wife, Christina, was born November 12th, 1796.
They were married December 17th, 1829. She died November 13th, 1873. The subject of this sketch is the result of
this union. His father came to this County about the year 1806, and settled on lot 20 in the town of Ira. He purchased
100 acres of land and resided upon it until his death, which occurred June 11th, 1871, at the advanced age of nearly
C. B. Sprague lived at home with his father until he was seventeen years old; then worked out two years by the
month. He attended the district school till he was fourteen, and after that time had no schooling except three
terms that he attended in the Academy at Red Creek, Wayne county, when he was twenty years of age. He then taught
school two winters. After that he worked land on shares and burned lime. Then he purchased the old homestead of
his brother, at that time containing forty-eight acres of land, and in addition to that fifty acres adjoining.
He has added from time to time by purchase till now his farm contains 146 acres. He is still residing on that place.
October 16th, 1853, he married Miss Elizabeth D. Campbell, daughter of William and Polly Campbell, of the village
of Cato. There have been born to them four children, three of whom are living, as follows: Emma L., born January
gth, 1855; Clara E., born January 31th, 1859; and Willie Burt, born February 5th, 1869. In politics Mr. Sprague
is a staunch Republican. He is a member of the Baptist church in Ira, was clerk of that church for many years,
and for eleven years was the Superintendent of its Sunday school. Mr. Sprague has been successful in life, notwithstanding
that for many years he has been afflicted with a partial failure of his eye sight. He is a self-made man, and all
that he is or has in this world he owes to his own energy and talents. A view of his beautiful home may be seen
on another page of this work.