Verspoell Christoph Bernhard was a priest and writer. Verspoell was the son of Joan Bernard and Anna Catharina Becker Verspoell, Münster bakers . He was baptized on May 18, 1743 in the parish church of Our Lady of water. He grew up with two older sisters, his two brothers had died prematurely. After the death of his mother in 1761 his father married again the following year.