John Clark emancipated a number of his slaves under his will and made provision for others to be set free upon attaining the age of 21. In doing so Clark expressly observed that the laws of Virginia could make these emancipations difficult because it required every emancipated slave to leave the state within a year or risk being sold back into slavery. Emancipated slaves could petition the General Assembly for permission to stay, but such permission was rarely granted. Several of the slaves emancipated under Clark’s will were sold back into slavery when they failed to leave the state. Clark emanicpated outright 5 slaves: Amy, Patty (Patsy), Betty, Frank alias Harrison, and Arthur. Peter Fountain was to be free after the death of Clark’s wife. Seven children were to be set free on their 21st birthdays: Watt on 24 DEC 1842