An interesting report.
The early date at which it was told has drawn the attention of author Chris Aubeck, who traveled to Zanesville from his home in Spain this month to further research the incident as well as several others for an upcoming book. Aubeck previously collaborated with French astrophysicist and astronomer Jacques Vallee to write “Wonders in the Sky.”
“The topic of UFOs seems to be very modern because it involves extraterrestrials and high technology, but in fact, we’ve been talking about that for 200 years,” Aubeck said.
Although Aubeck said he doesn’t necessarily believe in the strange phenomena he studies, he does believe they play an important part in society.
“I think it’s something that’s a part of human culture and therefore should be studied as we study all kinds of literature and genres of all kinds,” he said.
Aubeck heard of the story from Kay Massingill, a Mississippi woman who found the story looking through old newspaper archives and contacted Aubeck through the Magonia Exchange, his online community. The two began investigating the article’s claims three years ago, and what they have found so far leads them to believe the article might not be just a tall tale.
Through genealogical records, it was determined Inman and his son did live during the time period. Taylor also was real and was related to Inman. Finding this connection to real records casts much of Aubeck’s thoughts that the article might be a hoax aside, as he finds that, in small historical communities, witnesses to fake phenomena often are invented.