From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 952

WILLIAM G. BEECROFT, merchant; was born in 1826 in England; his father, Joseph BEECROFT, was a local preacher among the Primitive Methodists; learned the tailor's trade of his uncle in England; came to the United States in 1846, and worked ten years for Samuel S. POWELL, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Was married in 1849 to Miss Mary OWEN, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who died in 1858, leaving two children, Fred and Mary. He settled in Madison in 1860, and in 1862, he began mercantile business in his present store, which, with the house connected therewith is his property; it is No. 33 University avenue, near Lake street. He married his present wife in 1860; her maiden name was Mary BOUFLLER, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; they have five children - Lillie, Daisy, Alice, Albert E. and William G., Jr. He is a life-member of the State Agricultural Society, and is Vice President of the St. George's Society, also a member of the I.O.O.F. The family are Congregationalists. He is a thrifty merchant and a worthy citizen.

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