I found a Nov 27, 1844 Mortgage Sale notice. Joseph A. and Amelia (his wife) Goodell defaulted on an 1840 loan and their property in Windsor, Broome County was put up for auction on Jan 30, 1845.
Possibly the parents of Merritt?
News item found at this site: http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html
In: Binghamton NY Broome Republican 1844 - 1851
This pdf file: 0116.pdf
If you have trouble finding it I can email it to you.
Attached is a small excerpt from it. I see that in the 1850 US census for Broome county there is 60 year old Garnsey & Dicintha Goodell, I wonder if they were Joseph Goodell's parents.