Around midnight in a Five Points slum house on Baxter Street in Manhattan, Mrs. T. Richard Kinder was looking eastward out of an upstairs window toward the Church of Transfiguration. In the clear moonless sky she saw a cross-like object with a flaming luminosity move across the sky. She woke her husband and he too saw the radiant cross.
This story comes to us from an obscure entry into a Baptismal record from St. Peters Church in Jersey City, NJ. Perhaps the woman thought this was a sign from God and shared it with a priest. Confessions of seeing strange objects in the sky are still being heard by priests to this day. This short account was scribbled into a cramped space at the bottom of an 1858 Baptismal book of St. Peter’s church.
A 2013 researcher dug through some newspaper archives probing for additional accounts. What he found was eye opening. There weren’t any accounts of the sighting, but there was a significant story about a Canal Street fire, six blocks from Mrs. Kinder’s house. The newspaper stated that a warehouse, a book bindery, and a laboratory went up in a huge fire, effectively leveling an entire block. Maybe the only reason the cross-shaped craft was seen at all was because the light of the huge fire illuminated its reflective hull.