Herman was the son of Benjamin Sylvanus and Jennie Lee (Tyree) Hake. He married Katherine M. and they had two children: James H and Edwin M.
Herman's Hake line is: Benjamin, Peter, Henry, John Frederick, Johan Conrad, Johann Friedrich, Johan Conrad, Johann Peter, Philipp, Philipp. The last four generations were born and died in Burgholzhausen, Hessen, Germany and spelled the name Höck. The immigrant ancestors also used that spelling but it gradually became Hake.