Birth Name: Layne Thomas Staley
Date of Birth: August 22, 1967
Place of Birth: Kirkland, Washington, U.S.
Date of Death: April 5, 2002
Place of Death: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Ethnicity: Danish (paternal great-grandmother), English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, remote Italian/Venetian, possibly Irish
Layne Staley was an American musician. He served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. Layne was the son of Nancy Elizabeth (Layne) McCallum and Phillip “Phil” Blair Staley. Layne was engaged to model Demri Parrott.
Layne’s paternal grandfather was Earl Rutharland Staley (the son of Earl Blair Staley and Johanna “Hanna” Marie Anderson). Layne’s great-grandfather Earl was the son of John Arthur Staley and Martha Webb. Johanna was born in Huntsville, Utah, to Danish immigrants Peder/Peter Christian Andersen, from Gabs, and Birte Christine Thomassen/Thompsen, from Vejlby.
Layne’s paternal grandmother was Audrey Pearl McQuillin (the daughter of Harry Leo McQuillin and Erma I. Miller). Harry was the son of Thomas M. McQuillin and Lillie Estelle Markward. Erma’s parents, William Hugh Miller and Minnie Reaman, were Canadian. She had German and Swiss-German ancestry.
Layne’s maternal grandfather was Robert Laverne Layne (the son of Edward Leroy Layne and Esther Loretta McKibben). Edward was the son of Samuel Elbert Layne and Mary Jane Roughton. Esther was the daughter of John Lemen McKibben and Loretta E. Salisbury.
Layne’s maternal grandmother was Ann Janett Munro Becker (the daughter of Fredrick Charles “Fred” Becker and Ann Janet Munro). Fredrick was the son of Paul F. G. Becker and Emma M., who was born in Germany. Ann was the daughter of Alexander McKenzie Munro and Ann Janet Montgomery, who were both Scottish.
Sources: Genealogy of Layne Staley – http://www.geni.com
Layne’s paternal grandparents, Earl Rutharland Staley and Audrey Pearl McQuillin, on the 1940 Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Layne’s paternal grandfather, Earl Rutharland Staley – http://www.findagrave.com
Layne’s paternal great-grandparents, Earl Blair Staley and Johanna Marie Anderson, on the 1930 Census – https://familysearch.org
Family history of Layne’s paternal great-grandmother, Johanna Marie Anderson – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Layne’s paternal grandmother, Audrey Pearl McQuillin, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Layne’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Lillie Estelle (Markward) McQuillin – https://news.google.com
Photo by Rex Aran Emrick