Marriage and relationships

Tom wrote several poems about relationships and marriage, especially when those relationships were affected by the evil of drunkenness!  In one of his poems, "Husband and Wife", each verse is alternately the voice of the husband and the wife.  The wife starts with "Wharivver hev ye bin to, ye maupin' owd tyke?" while her husband makes excuses and starts to find fault with her.  The comedy of this poem doesn't fail to conceal Tom's message about the effects of alcohol. 

Below is a photo of Tom, his wife Mary and their family.  Following Mary's death, Tom married for a second time, also to a Mary.  He seemed happily married and wrote poems about the unhappy state of being alone as in  "The Bachelor".  In "The Song of the Old Maid" (who is only "fifty and three!") a woman regrets having waited for a man of a "higher degree" and advises other women to settle for a man without waiting for someone better to come along, otherwise they too will be old maids.  In these poems, the reader is encouraged to feel sorry for those who have not found a partner in life, who will look after them and support them.

He did warn young men though about taking care when choosing a wife.  The Runaway Wedding is another cautionary tale where Tom writes to young lads everywhere  "Don’t meddle wi’ t’ lasses, though ivver sa nice, But first ex yer mother, an’ then do her biddin’ ;"

It is partly based on a story which appeared in Cassell's Paper apparently, a reference to Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper which was first printed in December 1853.

When Tom died, his death was announced in the local paper, the Craven Herald.  In the article, entitled "Death of a Craven Poet", Tom was described as a "Fine type of old Dalesman".  From a family of eight children, only four sons and a daughter were still alive in 1917. Frank Twisleton, was later killed during World War 1, having survived earlier injuries.