Calling on anyone familiar with 18th Century English documents:
I have been researching my Hagell line for a while and have yet to scale the brick wall. It goes back to William and then disappears. One of the questions that no one has be able to answer is "was William born in England?" No one has found birth records for him, though we have poll books and other documents related to his death.
My question is regarding the 1796 poll book he is listed in. He appears in the Unpolled Freeman section for Canterbury and is listed as Wm. Hagell, pastry cook, alien. Does that mean he wasn't born in England or just wasn't born in Canterbury?