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Bumping this up as we are in the process of doing more research on the Sutton Sisters. I have discovered more and summarize my finding below.

What we know:

Adolphus DeGrouchy Sutton (1856-1922) wed Adelina Esther Godfray. Adolphus Sutton was a naval captain.

Captain Adolphus: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71617047/adolphus-degrouch-sutton
Adelina: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71617080/adelina-e.-sutton

There were seven children: Charles, Henry, Adele (the oldest girl) and "after a lapse of four years-us four girls."
All were born in England. All emigrated with their parents in 1893. Captain Sutton settled in Pasadena and built a house on a 10-acre tract at what is now Mountain and Hill. It's now called Hillmont House.

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(1) Adele Laura Sutton

Born 18 March 1874 on Jersey, the Channel Islands
Died 20 August 1974 in Los Angeles, California
Married Percy Moberly Allen (1874-1959) circa 1903 or 1904

The eldest, who apparently played tennis only in England. "Adele played tennis in a club near Ealing. She'd give her warped rackets to us youngsters, and my sisters and I played every game with them-rounders, croquet, cricket. When we came to America, we built the court, but we had no equipment." (Hoffman)

Percy and Adele had two daughters at the time he was applying for naturalization:
1. Dorothy Gray, b. Nov. 17, 1905 in Pomona, CA.
2. Marjorie Edith, b. Apr. 9, 1912 at Los Angeles, L.A., CA.

She received a telegraph congraulations on her 100th birthday from Queen Elizabeth II.

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(2) Charles T. Sutton

Born July 1875 in Grouville, Jersey, Channel Islands
Died 1948.

Most likely the person linked below is one and the same with Charles
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71616925/charles-sutton

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(3) Henry Godfray Sutton

Born 29 July 1876 in Paignton, Devon
Died 11 May 1900 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Who helped his sisters in California by digging up clay for a tennis court. The person below is him for certes-his middle name providing the key evidence.

Henry died in Austrlia but is buried in California.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71617119/henry-godfray-sutton

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(4) Ethel Mathilda Godfray Sutton "Twinsister"

Born January 1881 in Southsea, Hampshire
Died 18 June 1976 in California
Married Robert "Bert" Orlando Bruce in 1902

Eldest (or 2nd eldest) of the famous 4 sisters. Perhaps Violet's twin sister. Her marriage was an elopement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Sutton_Bruce (which gives Portsmouth as birthplace)

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(5) Violet Maud "Twinsister"

Born 22 January 1881 in England
Died 03 August 1957 in Los Angeles, California
Married Harold Hope Doeg (1877-1917) in San Bernadino, California om 05 November 1905

Eldest (or 2nd eldest) of the famous 4 sisters. Apparently Ethel's twin sister.. She won the first event she ever entered-the 1899 Ojai tournament.

https://www.geni.com/people/Violet-Doeg/6000000028942665455 (this is the source naming her "Twinsister")
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19030725.2.6
https://www.doig.net/PETE1630.html (which gives 24 January 1882 as date of birth!)

*There is an alternate dates of 1882 and 1883, perhaps explained by Violet shaving a couple years off her age on purpose. Or perhaps it is she and Florence who are the twins?

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(6) Florence E. Sutton

Born 02 September 1883 in England
Died 16 October 1974

3rd and smallest of the famous 4 sisters. She was the only Sutton girl who never married.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Sutton


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(7) May Godfray Sutton

Born 25 July 1887 inPlymouth, England
Died 04 October 1975
Married Thomas Clark Bundy (1881-1945) in 1912--divorced in 1940

The best of the famous 4 sisters, a world beater who may well have been the best female before 1914

Named after her father's yacht. She was a large baby at birth-15 pounds.


http://www.cemeteryguide.com/gotw-sutton.html
 

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Able to confirm today that Ethel and Violet were NOT twin sisters. They perhaps were known as "Twinsister" because they were both born a year apart-both in January, after a long gap between them and their 3 older brothers and sisters.


The key evidence? I found an 1881 English census of the Sutton family that states Ethel is a mere 2 months old. If Violet was trult a twin she would also have been on the census.


Ethel was born in January of 1881, while Violet was born a year later, in January of 1882.
 

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What a delightful clip Wolbo.

Thanks for sharing!

May Sutton was the first of the great California champions. There is a photo of the Pacific Southwest in the 1950s that shows May Sutton, Helen Wills, and Maureen Connolly.

All 3 were hard hitting lasses raised on California hard courts. Serena is part of that tradition.
 

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