He really did not like his stepfather
Newton was an avid list maker and one of his preserved lists included all of the sins he felt he had committed up until the age of 19 (his age at the time). One of them included, “Threatening my father and mother Smith to burn them and the house over them.” You can’t hardly blame the guy, though. When Smith proposed to Isaac’s mother, Isaac wasn’t part of the deal. The three-year-old Isaac was sent to live with his grandmother.