Upon learning of her son’s abandonment of his family, his mother Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest was anxious to receive another, more detailed, letter from her daughter-in-law Malinda and enclosed five dollars, instructing Malinda and the children to have their “carte-vistas” taken and sent with her response letter to New Jersey “immediately”. As per her mother-in-laws request, Malinda dressed herself and her two children in their best clothes and walked into town to pose for a family portrait at the recently established photography studio of E.W. Mealy. They had never had their images taken, war and poverty had had not allowed for such a luxury. Five dollars was a precious sum of money for Malinda to have been given and so she smartly paid for only one group photograph of her family, keeping a copy for herself, and put the remainder towards more practical needs.