The following data is extracted from Biographies of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
WILLIAM BRECK, son of Henry Breck, was born Dec. 17, 1826. At the age of fourteen, he removed with his father to Cornish. At eighteen, he went to Claremont, and was Assistant Postmaster for two years ; at the expiration of which time, on account of ill health, he returned to his father's roof at Cornish. At twenty-two, he went into trade with his brother John at Cornish, and continued there four years ; at which time, laboring under a severe attack of asthma, he went to California, where he was in active business eight years, when, having regained his health, and won for himself an independent fortune, he returned to New Hampshire, with the intention of passing the remainder of his life in retirement from active business, among his many relatives and friends. He is a gentleman of unquestioned integrity, of most genial disposition and fine social qualities. As a family, the Brecks have been noted for their honesty, integrity and gentlemanly bearing.
Source: Biographies of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire