"EMIGRATION. -- The large and splendid ship, Zetland, sailed from Liverpool for New Orleans, towards the last of January. She carried 358 passengers, or Latter-day Saints, who were on their way for upper California, their future home. Our highly esteemed brother Elder Orson Spencer was appointed the president of this company. . . ."
MS, 11:4 (Feb. 15, 1849), p.56
"THIRTY-SEVENTH COMPANY -- Zetland, 358 Saints. The large and splendid ship Zetland sailed from Liverpool for New Orleans January 29th, 1849, with three hundred and fifty-eight passengers, or Latter-day Saints on board, bound for Upper California, their future home. Elder Orson Spencer, who had presided over the British Mission, was appointed president of the company. After a safe passage the Zetland arrived at New Orleans April 2nd, the emigrants all well. During the passage one promising young man was baptized, and about a dozen others, who had been baptized after they went on board at Liverpool, were confirmed. Four infant children died on board the ship, and three were born. Two young females married sailors immediately after they arrived at New Orleans, but, generally speaking, the Saints conducted themselves very well on board, and love and union prevailed among them during the entire voyage.
On the morning of April 5th, 1849, the emigrants left New Orleans on the steamboat Iowa, together with a number of non-Mormon passengers, bound for St. Louis, Missouri. Soon after leaving New Orleans, cholera -- which at this time prevailed in that part of the country -- broke out among the passengers, and seven deaths occurred among the emigrants before the company arrived at Memphis; two of these were Saints, who were buried on the island '82.' Two of the boat's crew also died, one of them being George S. Welch, a pilot. When the boat arrived at St. Louis, Missouri, April 12th, a number of the passengers were still sick, and three died on board the steamer the night after reaching port.
From St. Louis the 'Mormon' emigrants continued the journey to Council Bluffs, Iowa, when they joined the general emigration that crossed the plains for the Valley that year. Orson Spencer led a company which left the Missouri river for the Valley in the beginning of June. (Millennial Star, Volume XI, pages 56, 155, 183, 254. Frontier Guardian, of May, 2, 1849.)"
Cont. 13:5 (Mar. 1892), p.234
"Mon. 29. [Jan. 1849] -- The ship Zetland sailed from Liverpool, England, with 358 Saints, bound for G. [Great] S. [Salt] L. [Lake] Valley, under the presidency of Orson Spencer. It arrived at New Orleans April 2nd, and the emigrants arrived at Kanesville, Iowa, May 17th, having suffered much from cholera while passing up the Missouri River."