Hi, Fred. Your Phairs are probably related, but since posting message, I have proof that mine (Phare/Phair) came to Nova Scotia in 1828 and settled in Pictou. Several daughters married Davidson brothers and went to New London, CT in 1853, and there were other siblings who migrated to other areas, although at this time I am not aware of siblings who went to New York. Some went to Chicago, Dakotas, South Carolina I am told. Our Phare parents came from Devon, England. Another researcher speculates they came to England previously from France. You are probably cousins since the name is not common.