|Ouachita Telegraph - June 25, 1887 - Courtesy of Chronicling America|
Information was received in Trinity on Sunday last of the death of Mr. T. Wash Hanks, of Sicily Island. This news cast a pall over this community, as in his death one of the staunchest citizens in this section has been removed from our midst. He was about fifty-five years of age and his untimely taking off will be mourned by nearly every citizen of Catahoula. He had led an exemplary life, and none who knew him only to love and respect him.---Trinity HeraldThomas Washington Hanks was born in Georgia ca. 1830 to the marriage of John Hanks and Annie Rebecca Clark. The Hanks family moved to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana in the early 1840s.
Thomas served as a Private in Company D, 3rd Louisiana Cavalry during the Civil War. He was listed in the Prisoners of War roll and paroled on June 26, 1865 in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The location of Thomas Washington Hanks' burial is unknown at this time.