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Ancestry of Stephen Stayner

Steven Stayner

Steven Stayner was born 18 Apr 1965, in Merced County, California, as the third of five children born to Delbert "Del" Stayner and his wife Mary Katherine "Kay" Augustine (married 1 Jul 1960). On 4 Dec 1972, when Steven was seven years old, he was kidnapped by Kenneth "Ken" Parnell (with the aid of an accomplice) and raised by him as his "son" and sex partner for the next seven years in various California towns, mostly around the Ukiah and Fort Bragg area. Around 1979 or 80, Ken decided he wanted another little son and with the aid of another accomplice kidnapped Timothy "Timmy" White, who was then about five years old. A few weeks later, Steven, while Ken was at work, hitchhiked with Timmy to Ukiah where they went to the police. Both Timmy, who had been missing about two weeks, and Steven missing for seven years, were subsequently reunited with their families.

Steven later married, on 12 Jun 1985 in Merced County to Jody L Edmondson. They had two children. Steven died in an accident 16 Sep 1989, while riding his motorcycle. Jody by 2007 had moved to Montana.

Steven's older brother is that Cary Stayner, who later killed four women in or around Yosemite National Park, was convicted and sentenced to death, and is currently on death row in California.
[edit] Primary documents

California Birth Index, 1905-95 showing : "Steven G Stayner, born 18 Apr 1965, Merced County, mother's maiden name Augustin"
California Marriage Index, 1960-85 showing : "Steven G Stayner, age 20 to Jody L Edmondson, age 17, 12 Jun 1985, Merced County"
California Death Index, 1940-97 showing : "Steven Gregory Stayner, born 18 Apr 1965 California, died 16 Sep 1989 Merced County, mother's maiden name Augustine"

[edit] Secondary sources

"Sad Yule in Home of Missing Boy", Oakland Tribune, 5 Dec 1974, page F13
"Steven Stayner" on Wikipedia
I Know My First Name is Steven, by Mike Echols. Pinnacle Books, Windsor Publishing Corp., New York. 1991. 331 pages. ISBN 1558175636
"Kenneth Parnell" on Crime Library
"A Shade of His Brother", Time Magazine (online), by Steve Lopez, 1 Aug 1999
"The Yosemite Horror", by Joshua Hammer, Outside magazine, Nov 1999 (online archives)
"Defense to fight for Stayner's life", San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2002
"STAYNER SENTENCED TO DEATH", 13 Dec, 2002, San Jose Mercury News: "In an emotionally wrenching hearing where the judge left the bench to regain his composure, multiple murderer Cary Stayner was sentenced to die Thursday for the gruesome killings of three Yosemite tourists. The courtroom was silent as Santa Clara County Judge Thomas Hastings repeated death three times -- once for each of the February 1999 killings -- capping the trial of one of the state's most chilling murder cases in years."
(cached version of), "A Kidnapping Victim's Sister on Hornbeck's Challenges", Newsweek, 20 Jan 2007
"A child abductee's journey back", The Seattle Times (online), 20 Jan 2007
"Cary Stayner" on NNDB

[edit] Dubious sources

"Steven Gregory Stayner" on OneWorldTree, pedigree view, at
Some notes on the Stayners, apparently from various sources by Kari Sable Burns

[edit] Delbert Stayner

Delbert F "Del" Stayner was born May 1933 in Farmington, New Mexico. While he was a teenager, his family moved to California. In his later 20's he moved to Trinity County, California where he met his future wife Mary Katherine "Kay" Augustine. They married in 1960 and had five children: Cary A 1961, Cynthia E 1963, Stephen G 1965, Jody C 1967, Corene V 1968.

On 26 Dec 1990, Del's brother Jessy Jerrold "Jerry" Stayner "...a truck dispatcher for a hay company" was murdered, in his house/apartment, in Merced County by a shotgun blast to his chest. Del's eldest son Cary Stayner was staying with Jerry at the time, but he had an alibi "...he said that he had been at work when the shooting took place..." and the murder has never been solved.

Another one of Del Stayner's siblings is Anna (Stayner) Jones whose name has appeared in various news articles related to these other family incidents.
[edit] Primary documents

"Delbert Stayner" on the U.S. Public Records database at Ancestry
California Death Index, 1940-97 showing : "Jessy Jerrold Stayner, born 28 Aug 1948 New Mexico, died 26 Dec 1990 Merced County, mother's maiden name Towell"

[edit] Secondary sources

I Know My First Name is Steven, by Mike Echols. Pinnacle Books, Windsor Publishing Corp., New York. 1991. 331 pages. ISBN 1558175636
"The Yosemite Horror", by Joshua Hammer, Outside magazine, Nov 1999 (online archives)]
"STAYNER'S SISTER TELLS OF FAMILY TRAUMAS", 4 Oct 2002, San Jose Mercury News: "When she took the witness stand Thursday and was asked if she knew Yosemite killer Cary Stayner, his sister began to cry. Of course Cynthia Sartell knew him; he was her older sibling. But she said he wasn't the brother she remembers. I don't believe that it was my brother who committed such things, Sartell said as the defense presented his three sisters in an effort to save his life."

[edit] Margaret Mary Katherine Augustine

Margaret Mary Katherine "Kay" Augustine was born 7 June 1941 in Trinity County, California, as the youngest child of Robert "Bob" Augustine and his wife Mary Madden. Bob and Mary had two previous children: Robert 1930 and Florence 1936, both born in San Francisco County.
[edit] Primary sources

"Kay Stayner" on the US Public Records Database hosted at Ancestry

[edit] Secondary sources

"STAYNERS AREN'T SURPRISED BY ARREST OF SON'S KIDNAPPER", 5 Jan, 2003, San Jose Mercury News: "Kay Stayner picked up her newspaper Saturday morning and read that the sexual predator who kidnapped her son Steven 30 years ago had been arrested again. On Friday night, Berkeley police took 72-year-old Kenneth Parnell into custody for allegedly trying to buy a 4-year-old child. It was not a shock, said Stayner, 61, who lives with her husband, Delbert, in Winton, near Merced."

[edit] Jesse James Stayner
[edit] Primary documents

"Jesse James Stayner" on Findagrave showing : "Jesse James Stayner, born 18 Oct 1905 New Mexico, died 11 Oct 1984 California, husband of Luella Towell, son of Joseph Stayner and Lemira Maxwell"

[edit] Luella Candace Towell
[edit] Primary documents

"Luella Candace Towell Stayner" on Findagrave showing : "born 22 Jul 1913 Arkansas, died 20 Mar 1981 Merced, Merced County, California; wife of Jesse Stayner; daughter of Ira Towell and Lydia Pratt"

[edit] Robert Augustine
[edit] Mary Madden
[edit] Joseph Stayner
[edit] Lemira Maxwell
[edit] Ira Towell

Ira Albert Towell
[edit] Primary Sources

1920 Census Colfax, New Mexico

[edit] Secondary Sources

"Ira Albert Towell" in OneWorldTree, hosted at

[edit] Lydia Pratt

Lydia Ann Pratt was born 13 Sep 1890 in Missouri, the daughter of Walter Barrett Pratt by his wife Susannah Thomas
[edit] Primary Sources

California Death Index, Lydia Ann Towell died 29 Nov 1955, Merced County, born 13 Sep 1890 Missouri, mother's maiden name Thomas

[edit] Secondary Sources

Genforum posting

[edit] Possible royal ascent

The most likely possibility that I've noticed so far, would be to firm up the supposed descent of Steven from Joshua White (1726-1784), of Joshua White from Daniel Sanbourne (d 1712), of Daniel Sanbourne from Anne Bachiler (d 1632), of Anne Bachiler from Anne Bray (b 1543). This Anne if she can be shown to be a daughter of Edward Bray by his wife Beatrice Shirley, as stated in OneWorldTree has a large and well-known ancestry (see OneWorldTree here), including, no doubt, several descents from Edward I, King of England.

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