Luminous flying cross reported over Manhattan, New York in 1861



Every morning, I go through my usual UFO news feeds to see what the Americans have been reporting while I’ve been getting my beauty sleep (UFOEyes is based out of Europe). The recent sighting reports over at MUFON is one of my favorite stops, as you never know what you’ll come across. Today, a sighting over Manhattan piqued my interest. Not because it was particularly awe-inspiring, but because it was reported and written down in 1861.

The report to MUFON was submitted yesterday and came attached with a 1858 baptism register from St. Peters church in Jersey City. The person who submitted the report came across the UFO description while searching through rolls of microfilm for clues about his family’s arrival in the country.

The priest’s description of the sighting reads like this (notice the illustration in the lower left and upper right corner):

Mr. Healey told me today that Mrs. T. Richard Kinder was looking out her garrit window (in nyc) on the nite of March 29, 1861 in the direction of the church of the transfiguration at about 12 oclock. The nite was clear and dark with no moon when she saw a luminous cross in the sky with light eminating from around the head as it moved directionally across the sky. She awoke her husband Richard and he saw it also……



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