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J King believes that the following article may be about one of our civil War Veterans, who served in Co F 91st Ill Inf. William Peters had a brother John Peters in the same company and a brother Charles Peters in Co E. 63rd Ill Inf.
The Chatham Record Pittsboro North Carolina October 16, 1890
Sumner Illinois October 11 – William Peters, of Lukin Township, Illinois, died Friday morning. He was without doubt the largest man in the country, his weight being 400 pounds. Thursday he requested the undertaker to order a coffin for him, saying he was going to die at 6:00 AM Friday; that there were no coffins large enough for him here and one would have to be made. The undertaker at once ordered one and it came on the midnight train. It was one of the largest ever sent out. Within 20 minutes of the time peters predicted he expired.