Dear Ms. Sweeney,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1790 Census, in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information on slave ownership in Hartford, Connecticut. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For information about the 1790 U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires.
You may wish to search Ancestry.com for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search or at your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
We searched HathiTrust catalog and found the book The Negro in colonial New England, 1620-1776, by Lorenzo Johnston that shows 50 references for Hartford and the book History of slavery in Connecticut that shows 23 references for Hartford that may contain information about slave owning families in West Hartford.
We suggest that you review the National Archives African American Research website, the FamilySearch research wiki on African American Resources for Connecticut, the Research Guide to Materials Relating to Slavery in Connecticut from the Museum of Connecticut History, as well as the document Federal Records that Help Identify Former Slaves and Slave Owners.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!