He was born in England, the son of John Brecken, an early member of the provincial assembly. Brecken served as speaker for the provincial assembly from 1812 to 1813, was also lieutenant in the county militia and served as a justice of the peace. Brecken married Matilda, the daughter of Joseph Robinson.
Several of his daughters married members of the Legislative Council:
- Jane Rebecca married Thomas Heath Haviland
- Anna Matilda married Donald McDonald
- Barbara Leila Alice married James Ellis Peake
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