The history of the Rockefeller family began, not with Standard Oil and not with honor, but with a con man, womanizer and a thief. Various authors note that the Rockefeller “oil” beginnings were not solely from “crude oil.” John D. Rockefeller Seniors father, William Avery Rockefeller, “Big Bill,” was a traveling salesman who advertised himself as a “William Rockefeller, the Celebrated Cancer Specialist” and who hawked “herbal remedies” and other bottled medicines.” He guaranteed “All Cases of Cancer Cured Unless They Are Too Far Gone”. Those claims allowed him to charge $25 for his magic cancer, which he retailed for $25 a bottle, a sum then equivalent to two month’s wages. The “cure” survived until quite recently as Nujol, consisting principally of petroleum and peddled as a laxative. Nujol was manufactured by a subsidiary of Standard Oil of New Jersey, called Stanco, whose only other product, manufactured on the same premises, was the famous insecticide, Flit.
Hence the seed was sown for the Rockefeller interest in oil and pharmaceuticals… two of the most profitable businesses in the world. More about William on the website article linked below. William’s son was John D. Rockefeller Sr.
John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) laid claim to the title of being the “most ruthless American.” He was a war profiteer during the Civil War selling unstamped Harkness liquor to Federal troops at a high profit, gaining the initial capital to embark on his drive for monopoly in the oil business.
John Davison Rockefeller, Jr., (1874-1960) was the only son and heir of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. … After graduating from Brown University in 1897, he worked in family enterprises. In New York City he financed the Rockefeller Center …. By donating land in New York City, Rockefeller was instrumental in the decision to locate the United Nations headquarters in the United States. Riverside Church in New York City was built through his gifts. Rockefeller had one daughter, Abby (born 1903), and five sons: John D. III, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop, and David. 
The General Education Board started by John D. Rockefeller Sr. in 1902– “In Raymond Fosdick’s memorial history of the Board, he indicates that it was part of John D. Rockefeller Jr’s effort toward “this goal of social control.” [as cited in Research Manual: America 2000/Goals 2000, p. 54] The Rockefeller Foundation History also states: 1923…John D. Rockefeller, Jr., creates the International Education Board in 1923 with $20 million to promote education abroad, a parallel effort to the U.S. General Education Board…”
The RF History also adds this important information about the activities of the Rockefellers: .”..The American Council of Learned Societies, which from the beginning derived most of its support from the General Education Board and then from RF, receives the first of many additional grants to support fellowships in humanistic studies….Beginning in 1933 and extending for more than 20 years, RF expends $1.5 million in identifying and assisting 300 scientists and scholars from Nazi Germany to settle in friendly locations; many relocate to U.S. universities. 1936…Raymond B. Fosdick becomes president of RF and serves until 1948…1948…Dr. Albert C. Kinsey, professor of zoology at Indiana University, publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male-popularly called the “Kinsey Report.” Kinsey received his first RF support in 1946…1971…RF funds the Population Council’s newly established International Committee for Contraceptive Research to develop and test new methods of fertility control….
In 1962 Edith Roosevelt, writing about the “Universal Theocratic State” stated, “Curriculum is being drafted to indoctrinate our children in what “John D. Rockefeller Jr. calls ‘the church of all people.’…Plans are being made to set up regional World Universities whose objectives would include ‘to instruct in all religions but will not make religion its aim,’ ‘build a world outlook’ and teach the physiological , psychological and spiritual aspect of sex.’…”
Read much more at Skeletons in the Closet: Rockefeller History.