Frank Oakes was born to Abraham and Cynthia Batten Oakes in 1868 in Iowa. He and his first wife Mary Ann Gates had children by the name of Clyde and Nora Angeline.He then married Bertha January 30, 1897. They had 2 daughters Nellie and Vera. They lived in Chariton, Iowa. Bertha and Frank divorced April 14,1925 in Lucas County Ohio. Desertion was named for the reason.