The Discovery of Nat Turner by William Henry Shelton (1840–1932) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Although no sources are cited, you might find Wikipedia's list of events, births, and deaths in the year 1831 of interest. Obviously, the Nat Turner Slave Revolt in Southampton County, Virginia stands out along with Cherokee Nation v Georgia (my native state, and yes, I have Native American heritage) which was an injunction claiming that Georgia's state legislature had created laws which "go directly to annihilate the Cherokees as a political society." Predictably, the injunction was denied by the ruling plutocrats of the day, truth-revealing though it was.
A still-famous historical event of 1831 is the tour of America taken by French diplomat and historian Alexis de Tocqueville. In 2009, I posted a famous quote attributed to de Tocqueville which remains very much in effect to this day:
"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it." We don't have to believe this particular insight concerning America--we can simply look around because we're living in the midst of it.
So for background astrological influences, let's look at the two Solar Eclipses that occurred in 1831 and their themes which affected various societal conditions and events:
1. 13 South Annular Solar Eclipse February 12, 1831 @23AQ18; duration: 1:57 (1 min 57 secs = almost 2 years of influence). Themes: potentials for weather disasters, constitutional crises, and striving for group endeavors, either positively or negatively; underneath lurks expansive and sinister energies (Brady).
Curiously, this 1831 eclipse's Mercury @28Cap25 conjoined US natal Pluto Rx (27Cap33) denoting a time when ideas, information, and events relate to gaining personal power and/or financial dealings and investment. No, that isn't very curious but I must cite the fact that 1831 eclipse Mercury quincunxes (inconjuncts = 150 degrees) 1831 eclipse Saturn Rx @28Leo45--the position of The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 (which 'hit' Mr. Trump's natal Ascendant, his nibs himself). A Mercury-Saturn inconjunct suggests such things as: self-sacrifice via becoming a 'patsy' for other people's failings who then lose respect for such 'patsies'; a need to look forward, not back and to learn from past mistakes rather than look for someone to blame them on (look in the mirror!)
Interestingly, Founder Thomas Jefferson was born with a Mercury-Saturn inconjunction and a Saturn-Uranus inconjunction, two sides of a YOD pattern (special task) pointing toward his natal Saturn, planet of work, responsibility, and putting Uranian inspiration and ideals into Saturnian form such as the Declaration of Independence. Actually, his natal Saturn Rx @29Leo04 in natal 7th house was also 'hit' by The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 which spotlights the conjunction of Jefferson's natal Saturn to Trump's natal Ascendant. As you've noticed, Thomas Jefferson's name does seem to cross Trump's loose lips quite often.
So when did a 13 South Solar Eclipse last manifest? This brings 13 South themes forward into current or recent history. Its last manifestation was on June 1, 2011 @11Gemini. Now 2011 contained four solar eclipses, one of which was in the second 1831 Saros Series, the 14 North:
2. 14 North August 7, 1831 @14Leo34; duration: 3:20 (3 yrs 4 mos). Themes: a most peculiar turn of events; an acute time of confusion in personal relationships, unexpected happenings in financial matters, and a draining of energy; no important decisions should be made because there is too much confusion and delusion to make clear judgments. (Predictive Astrology, B. Brady).
And when did the last 14 North Solar Eclipse occur? November 25, 2011 @2Sag37, what I termed in my fusses at the time as The Sequestration Eclipse, a period of sinister and peculiar events in US financial matters for you remember that a dubious 'super Congress' was set up to deal with budgetary crises so that the 'real' Congress would be off the hook for certain across-the-board budget cuts (and perhaps America's true financial condition could continue to be hidden). Was a shadow Congress anti-constitutional? I'm not a lawyer but it seems to me it should have been considered so.
However, the entire affair in 2011 was definitely a slick, transparently sinister move, don't you think?
Looking ahead, solar eclipses of both the 13 South and 14 North series will repeat in 2029, a year containing four solar eclipses and ends on December 5, 2029 @14Sag with the sinister and peculiar 14 North.
Related: the history of Southampton County, Virginia a majority of which was renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637. This county has turned up in my genealogical research concerning my Strickland and Braswell/Bracewell ancestors.