I am looking for my brother-in-law's family. His ancestor was a Raymond Charles Jean Pierre LHOEST, a wool merchant who immigrated to England from Belgium, some time before 1879, when he married Esther EVANS in London. Raymond and Esther had three children, Nora Leonardine m. Guy Herwald PARKER, Leonard Raymond Charles (my brother-in-law's line) m. Lilian Eugenie ESSINGER, and Elsie.
Raymond and family are on the 1881 census in Lewisham, London, England and in 1891 Census in Bromley, Kent, England. Both times his occupation is given as clerk to wool broker. He migrated to Sydney, New South Wales about 1893, where in 1903 he formed a wool business called "Lhoest & Co." with one Gustav Romig. During WWI Raymond and son Leonard (who had joined him in the business before 1906) were investigated by the Australian government for possible treason due to continuing to deal with German merchants despite the war, however the investigation ended with the conclusion that they were not plotting against England.
Raymond died 12 Sep 1925 in Gosford, Sydney, New South Wales,and was buried Sept 14 at the Church of England Cemetery, South Head.
According to his death certificate he was born 18 Jan 1855 in Verviers, Liège. His parents were Jean Joseph Paschal Lhoest, wine merchant, and Marie Thérèse Leonardine Josèphe NEUJEAN. The informant was son-in-law Guy Parker.
Despite this very specific DOB and parents' names, I am completely unable to find these Lhoests in Belgium. Part of it is that I cannot seem to figure out where to search on say Netradyle - they don't have Verviers as a town and Wikipedia will only tell me it's in Liege. Netradyle has tons of other towns in Liege - is there some other name I should look under?
I tried to go on Geniwal but again I don't know what area to look under. I speak no French but am getting by with Google Translate.
Even if you don't know my family, if anyone has any tips for researching in Verviers, that would be greatly appreciated.