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Esma was born in 1871. She was the daughter of Richard Banks and Matilda Whitman. She married Leander John Oakes before 1897, based on the date of birth of their eldest daughter Estella. According to sources presented at the time of the application for delayed registration of birth of their daughter Almeda Maude Oakes, Esma and Leander moved to British Columbia prior to 1912. Esma died in 1958, and was buried  in Kelowna, (where her first name on the gravestone is spelled "Ezma").
While Esma's birth record indicates a date of birth of 28 Apr 1871, other documents specify both 28 Nov 1880 and 1881.