Hello Heidi ... Yes I know of Thomas Paling - baptised at Lowdham 21 Feb 1820. I have done quite a lot of work on the lowdham Paling's and I am slowly building up the fuller picture. If I have got things correct then I can take Thomas's line back to a Samuel Paling who was born in Thoroton in 1677 - but he moved to Lowdham and married Mary BISH in Nov 1710. This was the start of a very big dynasty on Paling's !!!! I have placed Thomas's parents as Samuel Paling and Mary WYLD. Samuel was a Farmer and Brickmaker when the family lived in Lowdham. According to my researches the family moved to Ilkeston in Derbyshire where Samuel became a "Land Agent" ..... this ties in with *your* Thomas living in Ripley ... which is not very far away from Ilkeston!
I am linked to your Thomas only distantly - I have to back to the 1677 Samuel to do so .... I would very much like to hear more from you about all of this *and* I am certainly willing to share my information freely!