Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Chesebroughs in:
 • Woodlawn Cemetery
 • Bronx
 • Bronx County
 • New York
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Robert Augustus Chesebrough
Birth: Jan. 29, 1837
City of London
Greater London, England
Death: Sep. 8, 1933
Spring Lake
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Inventor. A chemist, he created what became known as petroleum jelly, which he trade marked as "Vaseline". Born in London, England to American parents, he was raised in New York City, New York, and trained in chemistry. When petroleum was discovered, he commenced research to see how it might be used. This led to his invention of petroleum jelly, which he patented under the name Vaseline in 1872. Having trouble selling the product for use on cuts and burns, he took to the road as a pitchman and marketed it himself. Part of his demonstration was to burn his own skin and then spread Vaseline on the injury while extolling the healing properties of the product. He went on to found the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, which later merged with the T. T. Pond Company and became known as Chesebrough-Ponds. He retired as company president in 1908. Although the medicinal values of petroleum jelly were mostly disproved during his lifetime, Chesebrough, who lived to be 96, attributed his longevity to the fact that he ate a spoonful of Vaseline every day. (bio by: countedx58) 
Family links: 
  Margaret Woodhull Chesebrough (1811 - 1885)
  Margaret McCredy Chesebrough (1841 - 1887)*
  Robert Maxwell Chesebrough (1865 - 1910)*
  William Henry Chesebrough (1866 - 1917)*
  Frederick Woodhull Chesebrough (1870 - 1938)*
  Marion Maxwell Chesebrough Davison (1873 - 1961)*
  Robert Augustus Chesebrough (1837 - 1933)
  Maxwell Woodhull Chesebrough (1842 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx County
New York, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: May 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26832968
Robert Augustus Chesebrough
Added by: Anonymous
Robert Augustus Chesebrough
Added by: Frankie D
Robert Augustus Chesebrough
Added by: Frankie D
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

84 years
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Sep. 8, 2017

- Alan Humphrey
 Added: Sep. 8, 2017

- Janis•E
 Added: Sep. 3, 2017
There are 70 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.0 after 42 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service