He is said to have emigrated to The Dominion of Canada as a young boy who sailed the Atlantic Ocean, below deck with the livestock in the cargo hold of a ship. He was twenty-five years old when he entered into his life long relation with Lena Kuchylema who was then sixteen years old. Together they may have lived in the city for a time working as a Section Master for the Canadian National Railway. As the story goes Lena did not feel that the city was a place to raise a family and with the government giving away land to Settlers in the West, she insisted that they build a life on a homestead. From the St. Lawrence River, they rode oxen to the area of Swan River, Manitoba.
James & Lena Berladyn had eight sons: